At least 20 hospitalized, hundreds treated for heat-related illness at Vans Warped Tour concert in Nashville
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
July 11, 2018, 11:11:37 AM EDT
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At least 200 people have been treated for heat-related illnesses at the Vans Warped Tour concert at the Nashville Fairgrounds on Tuesday.
According to the Nashville Fire Department, 22 victims were taken by fire crews and Vanderbilt University Medical Center paramedics.
"The highest AccuWeather RealFeel temp was 101 F at 11 a.m. before it started to rain, with a heat index of 94 F," AccuWeather Meteorologist Randy Adkins said.
However, Adkins said that temperature is common in the summer for Nashville.
"I think this is one of those cases that shows the superiority of the RealFeel temperature over the heat index. The heat index doesn’t factor in sunshine or winds, and those things matter when you’re outdoors," Adkins said.
Officials have set up 16 water tents with free ice and water for those attending the concert.
BREAKING: more than 200 people treated for heat-related illnesses at the Vans Warped Tour at the Nashville fairgrounds. Crews are bringing in ice. Temp here is about 90 degrees. pic.twitter.com/2X0fPiBP67— Kim St. Onge (@KimWSMV) July 10, 2018
The all-day music event started at 11 a.m., but according to authorities, many concert-goers were leaving the concerts by late afternoon.
Although it's technically not as hot and humid as it was last week (currently a heat index of 97° versus 109° on July 4th), it's still plenty hot out there. If you're outdoors for long periods of time, remember to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade or A/C! https://t.co/Fzit30rFMo— NWS Nashville (@NWSNashville) July 10, 2018
The Vans Warped Tour featured rock, pop, alternative and acoustic artists.
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