Enquirer Herald

Heat wave continues with third straight record 102 degree day

York County reached record temperatures for the third consecutive day Sunday, with little relief in sight for Monday and in coming days.

But some relief could be near: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for York and Chester counties through 10 tonight. Heavy hail and rain has been reported in Fairfield County to the south.

The 102-degree temperatures will cede to what is expected to be just plain 100 degrees today, then 98 or so Tuesday.

No health or public safety problems were reported in Clover after a planned power outage for a short time after midnight that had caused some concern because maintenance was done during a record heat wave.

More than 3,500 customers in Clover did not have power after 1 a.m., officials with the Clover Police Department said.

Patrol officers checked on special needs people and the elderly, said Capt. David Dover, but no emergency incidents were reported.

The outage was almost exclusively in residential areas. No nursing homes are located inside the town.

Even the police department had to run on generator power for a little over an hour.

The Clover Fire Department reported no incidents during the outage and most people did not even know the power was off, said Fire Chief Charlie Love. The department was notified days in advance of the planned outage, he said.

Although daytime temperatures were above 100 degrees during the daylight hours Saturday, the temperature during the time of the overnight outage was in the 70s.

That time, between 1 and 4 a.m., was chosen because the fewest people would be awake and affected, said Jason Walls, a Duke Energy spokesman.

Duke had planned for weeks to do the maintenance, Walls said. Although other maintenance projects were postponed during the heat wave, the Clover station on Carver Street required work that could not wait because a failure could have affected a larger area of the system, Walls said.

York County emergency officials and Clover town officials had discussed the planned outage earlier this week with Duke after the decision was made to cut off the power briefly.

The town had posted on its Web site since Wednesday the planned outage, and York County emergency officials had 911 operators and other staffers on standby for any crisis, said Cotton Howell, the county’s emergency management director.

“It appears we had no issues with it,” Howell said Sunday.

Duke sent notice of the outage through automated telephone calls and in the mail, Clover Town Council member Granita Boyd said Sunday, and town officials had been told of Duke’s need to take the system down for a short period during the coolest part of the night.