Heat Wave Claims another Victim

8-13-06 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Scattered clouds and some brief showers help keep much of the state from breaking triple digits, but the high temperatures and lingering drought continue to take their toll on Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service says the state's high temperature yesterday of 104 degrees was recorded in Hollis, in far southwestern Oklahoma. The thermometer hit 103 in Hobart, Lawton, Guthrie, Kingfisher, Red Rock, Antlers, Butler and Bowlegs.

Oklahoma City and Tulsa each recorded a high temperature of 101.

The death toll from the summer's blistering heat rose to 25 when the state Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that a 72-year-old woman from Lone Grove died Friday from heat-related causes.

Kevin Rowland, the office's chief investigator, says that when Annetta Faye Lee was found dead in her kitchen, the temperature in her house was 110 degrees.

Lee's house had an air conditioning unit in a window but Rowland says it was insufficient to cool the house.

Rowland says that three other deaths -- in Cordell, Ardmore and Oklahoma City -- are being investigated as being possibly heat-related.