Last night's major line of storms caused wide-spread power outages and property damage by fallen trees. When dealing with post-storm debris removal, residents are reminded to stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity.
The heat continues today (June 30) and the heat index values will be close to 104. Power may not be restored to all areas immediately, so make plans to seek shelter during the heat with friends, family or neighbors, or at public buildings such as movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities. Please check in on vulnerable neighbors who may need assistance without power.
The following air-conditioned facilities operated by Loudoun County are available during normal business hours as places where people can seek refuge from the excessive heat:
• The Senior Center of Leesburg, 102 North Street NW, Leesburg
• Douglass Community Center, 405 E. Market St., Leesburg
• Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville
• Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling
The Loudoun County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public June 30.
The following steps may help prevent heat-related illnesses or injuries during this period of excessive heat:
• Stay in air-conditioned rooms.
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Replace salt and minerals.
• Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
• Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
• Pace yourself.
• Monitor people at high risk.
• Do not leave children or pets in cars.
• Check on relatives and neighbors.
• Use common sense.
More tips for staying cool during hot weather are online at http://www.loudoun.gov/heat.