TEMA Friday Afternoon Update

This is TEMA’s 1 p.m., CST, update on the State of Emergency in Tennessee. There are 17, confirmed, weather-related fatalities in the state since Feb. 16, 2015.


Tennessee remains at a Level III- State of Emergency, declared at 9 p.m. on 2/16/15.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for West Tennessee. And Ice Storm Warning is in effect for Middle Tennessee. A Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect later today for East Tennessee.

Reports of snowfall, sleet and freezing drizzle are coming in from West Tennessee, with temperatures in the 20s. THP reports more wrecks in the region with roads covered in ice. TDOT crews are out inspecting roads and treating as needed. Middle Tennessee could see freezing rain on its western edge between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., CST, and significant ice accumulations are possible in the northern half of the region. No issues currently reported in the Middle or East regions.

Warmer air will begin moving in overnight Friday changing any snow, sleet and freezing rain to rain Saturday. Temperatures will rise into the 40s with rain possibilities continuing Sunday. The melting snow and ice, and the possibility of one to three inches of rain, increases the potential for flash flooding.

Major Threats through Sunday
Severe Cold – Snow – Freezing Rain & Sleet – Downed Power Lines – Flash Flooding

Fatalities (Since Feb. 16, 2015)
Tennessee has 17, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:
•Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
•Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
•Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
•Hickman County (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
•Knox County – Four (4) fatalities: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident; 75-year-old male, fire; 68-year-old female, fire; 47-year-old male, fire
•Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia
•Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
•Roane County – One (1) fatality, 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
•Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
•Shelby County – Two (2) fatalities: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related; male, hypothermia related
•Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident

Power Outages
Power outages have not changed since this morning with just over 2,700 customers without power.

Shelters Open
A total of five shelters are open with 38 occupants as follows:
•Red Cross: three shelters open with 27 occupants, in Kingston, Maryville and Dyersburg
•Independent: two shelters open with 11 occupants, in Clarksville and Niota

Interstates are moving in Tennessee but TDOT traffic boards note drivers need to be aware that bridges and overpasses could be slick.

State Agencies working the storm response include: Environment & Conservations; Finance & Administration, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.

TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.

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