Debate over the Supreme Court’s upholding of President Obama’s national health care plan is heating up to the level of today’s expected high temperature of 102.
Stay with www. cullmantimes.com throughout the day for updates on Supreme Court ruling and weather conditions.
The National Weather Service is reporting that the heat index will reach 105 today, accompanied by a dry northwest wind at 5 to 10 miles per hour.
The weather service and health experts are warning that outdoor activities can be dangerous in the heat. Frequent water breaks and finding an area to remain cool are important.
EMA director Phyllis Little is asking those with elderly neighbors to check on their welfare, and to watch children carefully because they can overheat quickly.
Cooling stations have been announced for the following locations:
* Dodge City Town Hall basement, Thursday-Sunday, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., located at 130 Howard Circle in Dodge City.
* Cullman Civic Center in downtown Cullman. The lobby and one room is available today until 4 p.m. Drink machines are available. The center is also available Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
* Gold Ridge Community Center, 5225 County Road 1645, is available Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
* Crane Hill VFD #1, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., located at 15123 County Rd 222 in Crane Hill.
* Cornerstone Revival Church, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at 3151 Alabama Highway 69 N, just past Cullman County Road Department.
* Hanceville City Hall, council chambers, Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday residents seeking the cooling center should enter through the police department.
Caution with fire
The Alabama Forestry Commission has issued a warning to use extreme caution for any type of outdoor burning. A complete ban on any type of fire is in effect for Bankhead National Forest. That means no campfires, cookouts or anything that may require the use of an open flame.
No surprise, but traffic will continue to move slowly along a portion of Alabama Highway 157 as crews continue to work on replacing the Lake Catoma Bridge. Be prepared for one-lane traffic in a portion of that area today and for several more weeks.
County road crews will continue maintenance work along several county roads today. Paving is under way on CRs 723, 724 and 725. But also look be aware that bushhogging equipment may be in use along various roadsides today.
In the Newsroom, reporters are continuing to examine issues related to the current heat wave. Watch for reports today and through the weekend concerning water levels and power use throughout the area.