Excessive heat warning in effect today

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An excessive heat warning goes into effect today in Wyandotte County at noon and is set through 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain and storms were moving through an area north of Wyandotte County this morning, but rain was not in the Wyandotte County forecast.

Temperatures today may reach a high of 96 with a heat index as high as 104, the weather service said. There will be a south southwest wind of 7 to 9 mph.

According to the weather service, the heat index on Thursday and Friday may jump to 105 to 110 degrees. Overnight lows will remain well above normal, in the 75 to 80 degree range, offering little to no relief from the daytime highs, the weather service said.

The next round of thunderstorms is forecast for Sunday into Monday, but does not include severe weather, according to the weather service.

The weather service said the heat is a dangerous situation, and prolonged exposure to heat and humidity may lead to heat-related illness if precautions are not taken.

Those who work or spend time outdoors should move strenuous activities to early morning or evening, according to the weather service.

Residents should wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water, the weather service said. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location, and 911 should be called for a heat emergency. Also, children and pets should never be left unattended in a car, according to the weather service. Residents should check on relatives and neighbors.

Cooling centers may open during an excessive heat warning from the weather service.

Tonight, expect a low of 77 with a south southwest wind of 6 to 8 mph, according to the weather service.

Thursday will be sunny and hot, with a high of 97 and a heat index as high as 105, the weather service said. There will be a south southwest wind of 7 to 9 mph.

Thursday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 78, according to the weather service, with a south wind of 6 to 8 mph.

Friday, it will be sunny and hot with a high near 98, the weather service said, and a south southwest wind of 8 to 11 mph.

Friday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 79, according to the weather service.

Saturday, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., with a high near 98, the weather service said.

Saturday night, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m., with a low of 75, according to the weather service.

Sunday, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., with a high of 91, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 69, according to the weather service.

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Candidate forum planned tonight for mayor, sheriff candidates

Unified Government mayoral candidates, left to right, Janice Witt, David Haley, Keith Jordan and Mayor Mark Holland appeared at a candidate forum on July 11 at the First Baptist Church at 5th and Nebraska. Another candidate forum will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the upper Jewell building at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. The forum on July 11 was sponsored by the Historic Northeast Midtown Association, NAACP, Heartland Black Chamber and other groups. (Staff photo)

Wyandotte County sheriff candidates, left to right, Charles W. Bunnell, Celisha Towers, Marvin L. Main, Victor Webb and Sheriff Don Ash appeared at a candidate forum on July 11 at the First Baptist Church at 5th and Nebraska. Another candidate forum will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the upper Jewell building at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave. The forum on July 11 was sponsored by the Historic Northeast Midtown Association, NAACP, Heartland Black Chamber and other groups. (Staff photo)

A candidate forum is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the upper Jewell building at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave.

Candidates for Unified Government mayor and Wyandotte County sheriff will appear at the forum.

The forum tonight is sponsored by Business West, the Central Avenue Betterment Association, Kansas City Kansas Community College and the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association.

Candidates for the Unified Government Commission and the Board of Public Utilities are scheduled to appear at the forum on Wednesday, July 18, at KCKCC.

The community college is expected to tape the forum to be played back on Channel 17, the school’s public access channel on the Spectrum cable system, and Channel 146 on the Google TV system.

Another candidate forum is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 N. 53rd St.

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 1, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Woman charged in stolen vehicle case turns self in

Karri Reich, who was charged in a case involving a stolen vehicle with a child in the car, turned herself in to authorities around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office.

She and Tyler Letzig were charged last week with kidnapping, aggravated endangering a child, and theft. A car was stolen from a gas station that had a child in the back seat at the time.