Heat wave grips much of nation

| 8/14/2007

Triple-digit heat continued Tuesday across much of the South and Midwest.

In Arkansas, authorities believe the death of a trucker may have been heat-related. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the body of 52-year-old Larry Bonham of Rapid City, SD, was found Monday afternoon lying beside his truck at a Petro just east of Little Rock.

Authorities told the Democrat-Gazette Bonham had apparently been working on his truck when he collapsed – and that the surface temperature of the pavement was 125 degrees.

Meanwhile, in Houston, city officials activated the Heat Emergency Plan when a combination of heat and humidity produced temperatures that felt like 108 degrees.

And in Jackson, MS, officials had to close the northbound lanes of State Highway 18 on Sunday, Aug. 12, after 102-degree weather caused the pavement to buckle.