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NJ Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Deadly Snowstorm

Posted by feww on February 13, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
DEADLY ICE & SNOWSTORM
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Tomorrow does not look like a good day in New Jersey —Gov Christie

Gov. Christie has declared a state of emergency and closed state offices in New Jersey as a deadly snowstorm moves up U.S. East Coast

“This winter storm is expected to arrive tonight and last through early Friday morning, and the heavy snow will create hazardous travel conditions across the state,” said Christie. “I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible …”

Forecasters said the storm could dump more than a foot of snow on some parts of the state.

“Tomorrow does not look like a good day in New Jersey,” said Christie.

The latest declaration is Christie’s fourth state of emergency proclamation due to snow so far this year.

Latest Weather Forecast by NWS

Winter Storm Brings Heavy Snow and Ice from the Southeast to New England on Thursday

A strengthening area of low pressure will move up the East Coast on Thursday bringing with it significant winter weather from the Southeast to New England. Ice Storm Warnings and/or Winter Storm Warnings are currently in effect for several states. In these areas, road conditions will be dangerous.

Temperatures are forecast to plunge by as much as 20 degrees below average over the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic.

us weather hazards map 13feb14
U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap)  for Thursday, February 13, 2014. Issued at 2:56UTC. Source: NWS. UPDATE

States of Emergency Declared for 8 Additional States

Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland have already declared States of Emergency due to the severe ice storm. More states are expected to follow suit.

Thousands of schools and government offices were ordered closed along the storm path from Texas to North Carolina.

“This is not the storm we had two weeks ago, where we were playing in the snow and building snowmen. This is an ice storm,” said Gov Haley, as she declared a State of Emergency for South Carolina.

Flight Cancellations and Delays

Thousands of flight have been canceled or delayed since  Tuesday and the trend is expected to continue through weekend.

Federal Emergency Disaster Declared for the State of Georgia

The White House has declared a federal emergency in the State of Georgia resulting from a severe winter storm beginning on February 10, 2014, and continuing.

The emergency disaster declaration will provide federal disaster relief to “lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe” in the counties of Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Jackson, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, Walton, White, Whitfield, and Wilkes.

Energy Emergency

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended on Wednesday the regional States of Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits for transporting propane throughout the United States.

A total of at least 38 states and District of Columbia are currently impacted by shortages of propane and other heating fuels.

States covered by the emergency declarations include:

  • Western Service Center: North Dakota and South Dakota
  • Southern Service Center: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee
  • Eastern Service Center: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia
  • Midwestern Service Center: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin

Colorado Governor Issued Emergency Declaration to Authorize Temporary Exception to Hours of Service Regulations for CMVs Used for Propane Transport on February 7, 2014.

Texas Governor Renews Proclamation Declaring Liquefied Petroleum Gas Emergency [Feb. 4, 2014.]

Connecticut Provides Emergency Exemption from Hours of Service of Drivers [Feb. 11, 2014.]

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