Breaking: State of Emergency Declared

State of Emergency Declared

Amid concerns over the safety of residents, a state of emergency has been declared in Oregon as people are rushing to get off of the streets.

Just a few weeks after a deadly heatwave hit the Pacific north-west, the region is now preparing for more triple-digit temperatures. The heat began to climb on August 11th, as people headed into cooling centers and misting stations to avoid the sweltering heat.

Many towns within Oregon, such as the city of Beaverton, have shelters that are designated cooling centers, which are open for residents to stay in overnight.

According to Democrat Governor Kate Brown, “Oregon is facing yet another extreme heatwave, and it is critical that every level of government has the resources they need to help keep Oregonians safe and healthy.”

The governor also released a statement via tweet, which read: “Another heat wave is here. Please, check on your vulnerable family, neighbors, and friends, learn the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, and find a cooling center near you if you don’t have A/C in your home. If you need additional resources, @211info is there to help.”

The emergency declaration went into effect on August 10th, after concerns were raised over the safety of residents, especially those who do not have air conditioning, and will remain in place until August 20th.

By the evening of August 11th, temperatures had soared to approximately 97 degrees in Portland. According to the National Weather Service, the “worst-case scenario” is that the temperature could climb as high as 111 degrees, but it is more likely that temperatures will hover around 100 degrees, peaking at around 105 degrees on August 12th.

Just two months ago, the Pacific north-west saw record-high temperatures, with some areas exceeding 115 degrees, leading to hundreds of deaths.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has also declared a state of emergency.

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