Things are heating up in Liberty County, and it's not just because of the hotly contested primary races and upcoming elections.
This summer, like others in recent years, is no stranger to temperatures in the high 90s and heat indexes that exceed 100 degrees, Director of Liberty County Emergency Management Mike Hodges said.
During periods of intense heat, anyone who spends time outdoors is at increased risk for heat stroke and dehydration. High temperatures also have a tendency to bring about afternoon thunderstorms. These pop-up thunderstorms are exceptionally dangerous because they are known to produce tornadoes or straight-line winds, Hodges said.
For more on this story, pick up Friday's Coastal Courier.