Heat hits deadly levels in West Tennessee

(WVLT)- We're certainly feeling the heat statewide, but in West Tennessee- the high temps have begun to take a deadly toll.

A 75 year old Shelby County woman was found dead in her apartment on Monday.

Her air conditioner was working, but was not turned on.

While in Tipton County, a 60 year old man died in his driveway, after falling out of his van and laying in the heat for hours.

Health officials in Memphis are trying to avoid a repeat of last year's string of heat related deaths.

"We had heat-related deaths where people either didn't have working air conditioners and the house was sealed up so you didn't get any cooler or fresher air coming in."

Last year 19 people died due to the heat in the Memphis area.

These are the first reported heat deaths in West Tennessee this year.

Officials say people forget how easy it is to get a heat related illness

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