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Oppressive heat hits hard

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A heat advisory is in effect for our viewing area until eight o'clock Thursday night. Many are battling the heat with air conditioning. But some don't have that luxury. On days when the temperature almost reaches 100 degrees a fan just doesn't cut it. Andria Herring's air conditioner broke last summer. She says on days like this it's hard to keep cool. Herring said, "We just lay down and watch TV and put fans everywhere and have the fans blowing on us." Herring says she and her family of four have come up with creative ways to beat the heat, that also help her family bond. "Sometimes we go outside and get wet and throw cold water on each other and stuff," Herring said. Herring says air conditioning has become a luxury -- something she can't afford. "It's bad, but it's a part of life and we have to deal with it," she said. "We're just trying to make it, just trying to make it that's all." To some though, Herring doesn't have it so bad. The homeless community doesn't have many places to go to get some relief from the sun's rays. Good Shepherd Ministries in Wilmington is the only shelter open during the day. Come weekends though, the homeless have to find somewhere else to go. Good Shepherd closes its doors during the day Saturdays and Sundays. The county has considered opening a shelter during extremely hot and cold days. The question of where and who will run it though are still undecided. If you can't get to a shelter you should know all public buildings, like libraries, are open eight to five Monday through Friday.

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