By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – The possibly heat-related death of another Monroe County resident has highlighted the need for Northeast Mississippians to check on those who may be at risk from this week’s brutally hot weather.
A Monroe County deputy sheriff was asked late Tuesday afternoon to check at the home of Charles Strawbridge north of Aberdeen after friends realized no one had heard from him since Saturday night.
“When he was found, there was no air conditioning running in the residence, and the temperature was over 100 degrees inside,” said Alan Gurley, Monroe County coroner. “This could have been a factor in his death along with … chronic medical problems.”
Gurley said Strawbridge had apparently been dead for two days or more.
It would be the county’s second weather-related death in the last few days; a Hamilton woman died Saturday of a heat stroke. Across the state, two other deaths have been attributed to the heat, one in Fayette and another in Moss Point.
The brutal heat that has covered the Mid-South since the weekend, when the National Weather Service issued its first excessive heat warning for the region, is expected to continue again today before a weak cold front passes through perhaps tonight or Friday.
Even with the slight moderation, however, heat index readings are expected to remain well above 100 for the foreseeable future.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’d be back in the 100s during the first part of the week,” said Danny Gant, a National Weather Service forecaster in Memphis. “It’s going to be pretty intense. I’m not seeing any relief all the way through next week.”
Read more in Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.