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Northwest heat: 6 deaths in Oregon could be heat-related as 13 million people suffocate under heat alerts


More than 13 million people in the Northwest are under heat alert on Sunday, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Major cities affected include Portland; Seattle; Billings, Montana; and Boise, Idaho.

In Oregon, officials believe at least six deaths over the past week were heat-related.

The most recent death was reported Saturday in Clackamas County.

“The elderly man who died was in his home which had a non-working air conditioner,” the county said in a news release. The medical examiner’s office is investigating the official cause of death.

Five other suspected heat-related deaths have occurred in Multnomah, Clackamas, Umatilla and Marion counties, Oregon State Police spokesperson Mindy McCartt said Friday.

The official causes of those deaths are also being investigated, McCartt said.

The temperature at Portland International Airport has reached or exceeded 95 degrees for “6 consecutive days, including 3 at or just above 100,” the National Weather Service said Saturday.

Portland remains under an excessive heat warning on Sunday, the weather service said.

Northwest heat: 6 deaths in Oregon could be heat-related as 13 million people suffocate under heat alerts
The Oregon Department of Emergency Management has tweeted out resources for help, including a map showing cooling centers across the state and details on how to get transportation.

But the heat wave scorching the Northwest will ease this week.

The most extreme temperatures have moved from the coast to interior parts of the northwest, Brink said Sunday.

“This heat dome will move into the northern plains by Tuesday and into the Midwest by Wednesday,” she said. “And even the northeast will experience above average temperatures by Thursday and Friday.”




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