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Heat sets records on coast

Jul 27, 2010 8:07:00 AM - thestate.com
Although Beaufort County is accustomed to heat in July, Monday was a little over the top. Records were set along the coast, from Charleston to Savannah.

The nearest National Weather Service stations reported record highs Monday -- 99 degrees in Charleston matched a 1940 record and 102 degrees posted in Savannah exceeded a 1940 record of 101 degrees.

The Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort recorded a 100-degree high just before 2 p.m. Monday and the Salty Dog's weather website showed a heat index of 103 degrees at 8 p.m. on Hilton Head Island.

Lee Levesque, spokesman for Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District said Monday was a quiet day, with no weather-related medical calls. "We've been counting our blessings," he said. "Everyone has been heeding the public advisories and staying inside in the air conditioning."

A fierce afternoon storm blew over trees in the Moss Creek neighborhood and maintenance crews had to saw off the top of one tree to clear Cat Brier Lane.

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