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Md.’s Heat-Related Death Toll Reaches 5 As The Wave Continues

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The scorching temperatures claim another life. A fifth heat-related death has been reported in Maryland.

The Maryland Health Department just released that information Wednesday.

Linh Bui has more on the challenges to stay cool.

Another person has died from the heat this summer. A grim reminder of how dangerous it can be outside.

In this heat, doing anything outside is risky: exercising, working, even sitting.

“It feels like I’m in an oven. Like, I’m toasting,” a woman said.

And now a fifth heat=related death has been reported in Maryland. The latest fatality–a woman over 65-years-old in Wicomico County. The second death in that county.

But it’s happening all over the state.

Two deaths in Baltimore County–a baby girl and an elderly man. The first heat-related death of the summer was in Howard County.

The Baltimore City Health Department urges you to stay inside. Especially between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.–the hottest time of the day.

Easier said than done for people without power, air or water in Fells Point.

Power has been going out in the area since Monday night. Hundreds of city residents have been affected.

“Very frustrated,” said Mike Butka, Fells Point.

On Wednesday, crews worked to restore service.

“In fact, I gave one of the guys on the crew some ice. I’m down to my last two cubes. Got to keep a couple cubes for myself,” Butka said.

Ice is a hot commodity. Charm City Ice has been busy making deliveries.

“Work a lot. All day, all night,” said Adam Geis, Charm City Ice.

They say they’re putting in a 60 hour work week.

“When it’s so hot, everybody needs ice,” Geis said.

The heat wave is not over yet, and warnings about the weather intensify after the latest fatality.

And we can’t say it enough–make sure you drink plenty of fluids when you’re outside. And check on your neighbors or relatives who live along, especially if they’re elderly or have health issues.

For those without air conditioning, emergency cooling centers are open in the city.

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