NORFOLK -- WVEC chief meteorologist Jeff Lawson said temperatures hit 106 in Franklin on Friday and the heat index was as high as 123 in Williamsburg. Saturday is expected to get even hotter.

Hampton Roads is under an excessive heat warning, meaning it's dangerous to be outside for too long without taking precautions.

Virginia Beach EMS had a busier than usual day Friday. By late afternoon they had already taken about a dozen calls for heat-related illnesses.

'This is an increase today from what we normally see day to day,' says Chief Bruce Nedelka.

About 1:00 p.m. lifeguards reported someone having a seizure on the 22nd Street Beach. Nedelka said heat can trigger reactions for those with pre-existing conditions.

Cheri Hinshelwood with Sentara says Norfolk General has been seeing 5 to 10 people each day with heat-related illnesses.

Bon Secours spokeswoman Lynne Zultanky says Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth has treated three people - two shipyard workers and a homeless man, who fainted before he could get somewhere cool.

Several localities have opened cooling stations for the homeless or people without air conditioning.

Especially for the elderly, the last place they should be during these kind of temperatures is outside. Christina Driscoll says one thing that adds to the problem is that many seniors simply aren't used to being out in the heat.

'They are not as active and then when they go outside, they typically have on sweaters and layers. So we just have to be careful and monitor that,' said Driscoll.

It's also dangerous for pets and children in this heat wave, so officials stress not to leave them in vehicles, even for a short time, even if you have windows rolled down.

If you have to be outside, drink plenty of water, stay away from caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages and wear light, loose-fitting clothing.

As hot as it is, Dominion Virginia Power says power usage hasn't hit peak levels. But customers are using more.

'We're ready to meet demand and have invested in infrastructure so we can keep the lights on and air conditioning running on the hottest of days,' said spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley-Harris.

She also says customers should expect to see higher than usual power bills because of lowering the thermostat to stay cool.


Libraries, community centers are open to anyone needing cool air. Community Centers are open Friday: 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Libraries are open Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

July 21-22: St. John's Episcopal Church, 100 W. Queensway, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
July 23: Hampton Baptist Church, 40 Kings Way, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

July 21-22:
Lobby of the Department of Human Services, 741 Monticello Ave. Staff will hand out chilled bottled water
All branches of the Norfolk Public Library open to anyone
Office to End Homelessness volunteers to hand out chilled bottled water to homeless beginning at 12:30 p.m.

July 21-22:
Social Services, 1701 High Street 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
City Hall Lobby, 801 Crawford Street 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Senior Station, 3500 Clifford Street 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
July 21-23:
Cradock Library, 28 Prospect Parkway 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Manor Library, 1401 Elmhurst Lane
Thursday: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m - 5 p.m
Churchland Library, 4934 High Street West
Thursday: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Department of Social Services at 405-1800.

July 21-22:
Health & Human Services lobby, 135 Hall Ave., open 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
East Suffolk Rec. Center, 138 South 6th St., open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Workforce Development Center, 157 N. Main Street, second floor open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you need assistance for medical reasons during the heat, contact New Kent Sheriff's Office at 804-966-9500 and a unit from New Kent Sheriff Office or New Kent Fire-Rescue will pay a courtesy visit to your home.

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