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Three Heat-Related Deaths In Licking County

Three Licking County residents were found dead in their homes this week from heat related illnesses. Licking County was hard hit by last week's storm that knocked out the power to thousands of Central Ohio homes. Mickey Lymon of the Licking County Coroner's Office said the three, two women and one man, ranged in age from their late 60's to early 80's. Lymon said they had been without electricity since last weekend. All three had chronic health problems. "Whenever somebody has problems like COPD or heart disease and they're out in this intense heat then it exacerbates the problems they already have," Lymon said. Lymon said the three were discovered by friends doing welfare checks. There's been little relief for customers without power as temperatures this week have soared into the upper 90s. Much of the state in under extreme heat warnings as forecasters expect the high to reach 104 degrees on Saturday with a heat index of 110 degrees.