Caution: Heat is ahead

With record temperatures expected during the weekend ahead, Catawba County's Emergency Management officials remind area residents to be mindful of dangers posed by the heat.

"The No. 1 thing is stay out of the sun and out of the heat during the hottest part of the day," said said Catawba County Emergency Management Coordinator Karyn Yaussy, "and make sure to drink plenty of fluids. People who are well hydrated handle the heat much better than someone who is dehydrated."

The timing of a heat wave in Catawba County could also benefit many area residents — especially those who will be at work on Friday.

"Most people will be at work (Friday), and in this daya and age, we are better off because a majority of people have air conditioning in their homes and offices or they some place to go, like shopping malls, libraries, restaurants and other places that are cool," she said. "As long as there are not extended power outages, for the most part, people will be in good shape if they are using their air conditioning, ceiling fans and fans. A long as people are following safety advice they should be OK."

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.