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More heat for Monday, storms possible

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On Friday, a FOX Carolina photographer said her car was registering 108 degrees. (June 29, 2012/FOX Carolina) On Friday, a FOX Carolina photographer said her car was registering 108 degrees. (June 29, 2012/FOX Carolina)

The excessive heat wave hitting parts of the Upstate and northeast Georgia has led to at least one death this weekend and broken another high-temperature record.

Police and the coroner's office are investigating a possible heat-related death at a nursing home in Easley.

The coroner said an 84-year-old woman was found unresponsive in her room at Majesty Health and Rehab of Easley on Sunday. She was rushed to the hospital where she later died, the coroner said.

Investigators said the air conditioning unit in the wing where she lived was not working properly. She would have been 85 Monday. The coroner will perform an autopsy to help determine if any criminal or civil charges may be filed in the death.

Authorities in Abbeville County said 71-year-old Billy Johnson, of Calhoun Falls, was found dead Friday afternoon at his home off Highway 81 North.

The coroner said Johnson's died of congestive heart failure that was intensified by the heat.

The Greenville Hospital System also reported a surge in heat-related illnesses.  A spokesperson said 11 patients were treated between 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday afternoon, with most of them going to Greer Memorial Hospital.

The all-time hottest temperature recorded in South Carolina was 106 set in July 1887.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and the National Weather Service said temperatures reached a high of 105 on Friday. As of 3 p.m. Sunday, temperatures reached 106.

According to FOX Carolina Meteorologist Andy Wood, the strong thunderstorms developing in the area should cool temperatures slightly, but GSP reported a temperature of 107, setting a new all-time record.

Several local fire departments and county officials have kept cooling stations open Sunday because of the heat. A list of the stations is available here.

Meteorologist Alex Wilson said Upstate residents will face another hot day Monday and the potential for another round of severe storms later in the day.

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