NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT)- As the thermometer sailed past one hundred degrees Wednesday, more than 2,400 Ogden residents found themselves without power.
The power went out around 11 a.m. and was not restored until 3 p.m. Progress energy said the power outage was caused by a failure in an electrical substation.
The power outage and the heat sent residents searching for ways to cool down. Some got outdoors and turned on the water hose, while others headed to visit relatives who still had power.
Doctors at New Hanover Regional Medical Center said pay close attention to the warning signs of heat exhaustion. They include feeling thirsty, lightheaded, dizzy, or cramped.
The best ways to prevent heat exhaustion are to wear light colored clothing, keep hydrated, and stay out of the sun at peak hours.