Oklahoma heat-related deaths rise to 11

A Hugo man and a Tulsa man are the latest to succumb to the unprecedented heat wave gripping Oklahoma. The heat wave has killed 11 in the state.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: August 2, 2011

As the temperature flirted Tuesday with a record high, officials announced the deaths of two more Oklahomans from the heat, bringing the heat wave's death toll to 11 in the state.

The latest deaths were a 61-year-old man in Tulsa and a 65-year-old man in Hugo, both of whom died Monday, said Cherokee Ballard, spokeswoman for the state medical examiner's office. In addition to the 11 confirmed fatalities, authorities are investigating 10 other deaths where heat is suspected as a cause.

Monday's high temperature in Tulsa was 110 degrees. The temperature in Oklahoma City on Tuesday was 106 as of 1 p.m. and was expected to reach 110 by late afternoon.

Tuesday marked the 40th day of temperatures reaching 100 degrees or higher in Oklahoma City on the year. The record of 50 days was set in 1980.