EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
STATES OF DISASTER EMERGENCY
Deadly Snow Storm Threatens 32 States
States of Emergency Declared in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey…
The second snow storm in a week is forecast to dump up to a foot of snow across all or portions of at least 32 states. The deadly snow storm will be followed by yet another massive arctic blast that will bring life-threatening temperatures and frigid conditions to more than two-thirds of the country.
Gov. Brownback has signed a state of disaster emergency declaration for Kansas for the entire state in response to a deadly storm, which continues to batter Kansas as it moves through the state.
Arkansas Declares a State of Emergency amid Widespread Power Outages
Tens of thousands of Arkansans were left without electricity on Tuesday, prompting Gov Beebe to declare a state of emergency.
“A severe winter weather system, beginning February 3, 2014, and continuing, has resulted in the loss of electric power and other utilities within the State of Arkansas, which will require utility companies and their crews to work long hours to restore such services as quickly as practicable … Adverse circumstances have been brought to bear upon the citizens and public properties within the State … [I'm authorized as] a state governor to declare a regional emergency during the duration of the emergency conditions, not to exceed thirty (30) days from the date of the initial declaration of emergency, and to exempt any motor carrier or driver operating a commercial motor vehicle to provide direct assistance in providing emergency relief during an emergency …” said Gov Beebe in his State of Emergency Proclamation.
Mississippi declares a State of Emergency amid Threat of Deadly Snow Storm
Gov. Bryant has declared a State of Emergency as a deadly snow storm threatens to batter northern portions of Mississippi, including Coahoma, DeSoto and Tunica counties.
“I have declared a State of Emergency to aid emergency officials in preparing for the onset of this potentially dangerous weather,” said Bryant. “Residents should not overreact but should make plans now to ensure they are prepared for a variety of conditions, including prolonged freezing temperatures, icy roadways, heavy rains, and potential flooding.
New Jersey Declares Yet Another State of Emergency
New Jersey Gov Christie issued yet another State of Emergency late Tuesday ahead of the winter storm that is forecast to dump up to a foot of snow just about everywhere.
All state offices will be closed Wednesday, said the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
“Tonight’s winter weather is expected to produce snow and ice, creating hazardous travel conditions and affecting areas throughout the state that are already recovering from yesterday’s storm,” said Gov. Christie in a statement, urging “all New Jerseyans to remain off the roads if possible” to allow “first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.”
States of Emergency Declarations in Other Areas
- Town of Sellersburg, Ind. under state of emergency
- Dodge County, WI has declared a state of emergency due to the statewide propane shortage.
- Limited State of Emergency Declared in Niagara Falls
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