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Heat Advisory Extended Through Monday

IL (AP) -- Heat advisory remains in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon to 7:00pm CDT Monday. Dangerous levels of heat and humidity will occur from this afternoon through Monday afternoon. Heat index values will peak from 100 to 107 degrees in the afternoon hours with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s and dew points in the 70s.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Beat the heat, check the backseat! Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of the sun. And check up on relatives and neighbors.

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Statewide Ameren Upgrades

Updated: Saturday, June 28 2014, 05:59 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- $2.7 million in electrical infrastructure upgrades, just to Logan county.

The upgrades are a part of Ameren's state-wide push to increase reliability and performance.

Logan county is one of the first to see the improvements.

The first two phases of the project covering Lincoln have just been completed.

Now, Ameren is turning to the Mount Pulaski substation with a 2015 deadline.

Ameren says the improvements focus not only on infrastructure, but also on the kind of technology used.

"Over time, our customers will see a reduction in the duration of outages. It goes into installing some of the advanced technology, the intelligent switches, that allow us to really detect outages more quickly."

Ameren's region-wide 5-year plan is expected to cost $3.5 billion, and has created more than 450 jobs so far.


Statewide Ameren Upgrades

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