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3 more heat-related deaths in Memphis area

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Health officials have reported three more
heat-related deaths in the Memphis area, bringing the year's total
to 13.
      A statement from Dr. Karen E. Chancellor, Shelby County's
medical examiner, said Thursday that a 64-year-old woman was found
in her backyard by her husband. Chancellor says excessive heat
contributed to her death.


      Two other deaths were attributed to heat stroke - an 81-year-old
woman who died in her home and 70-year-old man who was found in the
middle of a major thoroughfare.


      Heat indexes have soared above 100 degrees throughout the summer
in Memphis. Heat index combines air temperature and humidity to
reflect how hot it feels.
      County officials urge people to limit outdoor activities and
drink plenty of fluids.
      
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