NORFOLK--The heat took its toll on people listening to President Barack Obama outside at Norfolk State University.
More than dozen people had been taken to hospitals and 23 others were being treated on campus because of the heat and crowded conditions, Capt. Mike Hicks with Norfolk Fire and Rescue told WVEC.com.
'It's an excited atmosphere and with all the people and the heat, some people were overwhelmed,' he explained.
Hicks said rescue crews set up triage in some cooled campus buildings and they believe people will start feeling better after getting some water and getting out of the heat.
Several units from Va. Beach Fire and Rescue also helped at the scene.
About 20 people were treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and 14 were seen at Sentara Leigh Memorial for dehydration and heat exhaustion, officials said. No one was admitted.
Several people were taken for treatment to Bon Secours DePaul Hospital.
Considering the temperature and heat index, it felt like the lower to mid 90s around noon time, said 13News Meteorologist Craig Moeller.
That, coupled with a tightly-packed crowd, likely made it feel even hotter for many people there.