Heat Wave Takes Toll on D.C. Region

Hundreds of Thousands of Chickens, Turkeys Die in Virginia

Extreme heat, loss of power spell doom

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012  |  Updated 1:59 PM EDT
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Hundreds of thousands of chickens and turkeys have died in Virginia since the storms snuffed power.

The poultry died from extreme heat after the storm cut power to fans that cool chicken and turkey houses. Most of the poultry losses occurred in the Shenandoah Valley, but producers in other parts of the state such as Southside also reported the death of birds, said Hobey Bauhan, president of the Virginia Poultry Federation.

High temperatures continued Tuesday, and officials warned people to protect themselves from the heat as well as look after others who might need assistance.

Health officials warned people who have been without power for an extended period -- and haven't made other arrangements to keep food at or below 41 degrees -- to throw out food from their refrigerator and freezer because of spoilage.

Shelters, cooling centers and emergency operations centers remained open statewide for those who need relief from the heat.

The University of Virginia opened its recreation centers so area residents can use its showers.

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