Heat index could reach nearly 100 degrees today

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The heat index may hit the upper 90s and lower 100s today in Wyandotte County.

At 9 a.m., temperatures were 82 with a heat index of 86. At 3 p.m. today, the National Weather Service predicts a temperature of 91 degrees with a heat index of 98.

Hot and humid conditions mean that residents should take precautions for the heat.

Some advice from the National Weather Service:
• Slow down; reduce, eliminate or reschedule outdoor activity.
• Dress for summer; wear lightweight, light-colored clothes.
• Drink plenty of water; avoid alcohol and caffeinated fluids.
• Spend time in air-conditioned places.
• Don’t get too much sun; sunburn reduces the body’s ability to dissipate heat.

A complex of thunderstorms could develop north of the Kansas City area tonight, according to the weather service. There is a 20 percent chance of severe thunderstorms here. The storm also could bring damaging winds and small hail along and north of the Highway 36 corridor, near St. Joseph, Mo., after midnight.

There is also a 50 percent chance for isolated severe storms north of a Kirksville, Mo., to Kansas City line on Thursday, according to the weather service. These storms could bring large hail and damaging winds.

T-Bones offense stagnant in 4-0 loss

The Kansas City T-Bones mustered just two hits in Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to Sioux City in front of 8,832 fans Tuesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Facing Patrick Johnson of the Explorers, the T-Bones struggled to find many base runners, let alone a hit. T.J. Mittelstaedt broke up the no-hitter in the seventh with a single up the middle, but before then they had just five base runners on four walks and a hit by pitch.

Meanwhile newly acquired pitcher Mike Nannini worked out multiple jams in his Kansas City debut. In 6 innings, Nannini allowed two runs off six hits, walked a pair and struck out three. He allowed at least one base runner in every inning, and gave up four extra-base hits — three doubles and a triple.

After threatening in the first three innings, the Explorers finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth. Peter Barrows tattooed a triple to right-center before being brought home on a sacrifice fly to left by Dillon Usiak.

The Explorers tacked on another run in the sixth. Barrows gapped a one-out double into short right-center. He advanced to third when Usiak reached first on a fielding error by Danny Richar. Todd Jennings then placed a sac bunt towards the mound that brought home Barrows.

Sioux City continued to play small ball in the seventh as Oscar Mesa, who led off the inning with a double, was brought home on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Samson.

With the loss, the T-Bones are now 14-17. Game two of the series is Wednesday morning at 11:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones

Roof collapses in home fire on South 16th

The roof collapsed in a fire at a vacant home about 1:02 p.m. June 17 at 129 S. 16th.

Fire crews, who arrived within 2 minutes of the call, fought the heavy fire coming from the roof of the two-story wood-framed residential structure, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Crews were inside the building when it had to be evacuated because the roof was collapsing.

Strong wind gusts and downed power lines hampered the fire crews’ efforts, according to the spokesman.

Firefighters continued to fight the fire from the exterior, and brought the fire under control within 50 minutes. Crews remained on the scene hitting hot spots.