Five things you need to know Friday

It's going to be a scorching Friday afternoon, with highs in the 90s across the Carolinas and plenty of humidity.

1. The extreme heat isn't going anywhere

With a high of 94 degrees, Thursday was the hottest day in 2017 for Charlotte. But it could get even hotter Friday, with a forecasted high of 95 degrees. To make matters worse, the heat index will make it feel like 102, according to forecaster Larry Sprinkle. 

Doctors suggest limiting your time outdoors, and if you do choose to soak in some sun, to use sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Three people were treated for heat-related ailments, according to Medic, with one of those people suffering from life-threatening injuries. 

And remember, if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your pets. When the thermometer hits 91 degrees, the temperature of asphalt can exceed 140 degrees, more than enough to burn the pads on the bottom of your dog's feet. Click here for tips on protecting your family from the dangerous conditions. 

2. Charlotte-area couple's hilarious gender reveal fail goes viral

Creative and fun gender reveals are all the rage these days. For one Denver couple, their expected home run turned into a major strikeout. 

Parents Laura and Justin hatched the perfect plan to reveal their expected child's gender at their son's third birthday party. They had a trusted friend fill a baseball with the correct colored powder to match the baby's gender, and when hit with a bad, the powder fills the sky and everyone cheers. What happened next has taken the internet by storm with over 1 million views. 

3. South Carolina law requires bystanders to help police making arrest

A scene from the hit A&E show "Live PD" is riveting the nation. The intense clip shows 22-year-old Bryan Martin leading deputies on a high-speed chase before his car flips and he steps out of the car with his 2-year-old daughter before scuffing with the first deputy on the scene. 

Bystanders watched, with some even recording the incident on their phones. So, it was quite the surprise when NBC Charlotte told people that it's actually a South Carolina law that if asked, bystanders must help law enforcement corral a suspect that's resisting arrest. 

And what happens if you don't? You could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined anywhere from $30 to $100. But the worst case would be a possible 30 days in jail if convicted. 

4. Army veteran's dying wish is to hear from you

An Army veteran in Phoenix with a terminal illness has a dying wish that we can all help with that doesn't require much effort. 

He wants people to send him text messages or call him. Lee Hernandez, who is under hospice care at his Texas home, has continuous strokes that have affected his vision and cognitive abilities. According to his wife, the 47-year-old's body is deteriorating despite three brain surgeries. 

If you'd like to reach the Hernandez family to show your support for the veteran, you can call (210)-632-6778.

5. Stray cat becomes internet star after joining fire department

Meet Flame. The tiny orange and white tabby was in rough shape when he stumbled into the Belmont Fire House in Greenville, South Carolina. 

After lapping up some fried chicken and lots of attention, he started to gain weight and strength. Now, two years later, he's an Instagram sensation and has been featured on the popular Animal Planet series "My Cat From Hell."

"For most firefighters, their station is their home away from home," he added. "Their shifts are often 48 hours and they are without their family and loved ones. Every firefighter in the station agrees, coming back ... after fighting a fire and spending time with Flame — simply holding him or playing ball — they instantly feel better." 

Flame's fans include people from all over the South who stop by to get their picture taken with him while they're traveling through, Segars said. Greenville County EMS even made a getting picture with him one of their must-haves in a recent scavenger hunt, he said.

Belmont is a combination volunteer and career fire department with about 60 people, so someone’s always at the firehouse with Flame, he said. And everyone chips in to care for him. Which may account for why he has no favorites.

“He loves them all,” Segars says.

© 2017 WCNC.COM


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