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Drought situation continues to improve in Oklahoma

by Silas Allen Published: August 7, 2014

Although the situation across the state continued to improve this week, some areas in southwestern Oklahoma still are in deep drought conditions, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday.

Nearly 17 percent of the state was listed in extreme or exceptional drought, the report’s two most severe categories. That figure is an improvement over last week’s report, which showed about 23 percent of the state in one of those two categories.

Much of the improvement in the state came in southeastern Oklahoma, most of which was drought-free in the report. Communities in that area have received several inches of rain over the past few weeks.

Over the past 10 days, McAlester has received about six inches of rain, and Clayton, in Pushmataha County, has received nearly seven inches.

Little rain for some

But the picture remained bleak in areas of western and southwestern Oklahoma, where heavy spring rains didn’t materialize. Much of Cotton and Tillman counties were listed in exceptional drought.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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EMSA issues third heat alert of season

The Emergency Medical Service Authority issued the area’s third heat alert for the summer on Thursday after six people called 911 due to heat-related illness in the Oklahoma City metro area.

The six people to become ill included a mailman delivering mail and an Oklahoma City firefighter.

The public is urged to take extra precautions due to the extreme heat.

Those precautions include: taking frequent breaks while doing outdoor activities; avoiding hot food and heavy meals, as they add heat to your body; drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body; dress infants and children in cool, loose, light-colored clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella; limit sun exposure during midday hours; and provide plenty of fresh water for your pets in a shady area.

EMSA officials said signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.

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