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WA State Emergency Operations Center Activated

Posted by feww on January 19, 2012

Massive snowstorm in the Northwest closes schools, halts transportation

Washington activates the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to winter storm conditions throughout the state.

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  • Washington, USA. Officials have activated the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to winter storm conditions throughout the state of Washington, a report said.
    • “Heavy snowfall throughout the state has snarled transportation, and created health and safety issues, according to a press release.”
    • “County emergency operations centers have been activated in King, Pierce, Jefferson, and Grays Harbor counties as well as in several cities including Seattle and Kent. “
    • Gov. Gregoire may declare a state of emergency later today.
    • Hundreds of car accidents have have been reported in Pierce, Spokane and Thurston counties.
    • Storm cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the Northwest.
  • Oregon, USA. More than 2 feet of snow covered the Oregonian town of Vernonia (Pop: ~ 2,300) causing a major power outage that affected the entire town and prompted the officials to declare a state of emergency.
    • The town officials are also concerned about the possibility of flooding after the massive snowfall, a report said.
  • Pacific Northwest, USA. A major winter storm is affecting the NW United States with heavy snow, torrential rains and powerful winds. The storm is currently growing in size, intensity and spreading to Central Rockies, NWS reported.
    • Heavy snows are forecast in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado as well as parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Nebraska, the report said.
    • Extreme Cold Warnings have been issued for the northern states from the Dakotas to Iowa and Minnesota, while Flood Warnings are in place for parts of southern Indiana.
    • “Green Bay and northeastern Wisconsin are forecast to see the Arctic air move in tonight. By late tonight and early Thursday morning, wind chills are expected to range from around 25 degrees below zero in the central and north-central parts of the state to about 15 below to the east.”
    • “Flood Warnings are currently in effect from coastal northwestern California into coastal Oregon. High
      Wind Warnings and wind advisories are in effect across western Oregon. Hazardous Seas Warnings have been issued along the Oregon coast. Avalanche Warnings and watches are in effect for the Washington and Oregon Cascades.”
    • In the St. Paul area of south-central Minnesota temperatures will drop way below zero with 25-30 mph winds creating wind chill factors of 30-35 below zero, NWS said.
    • In southwest Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and northern Iowa wind chill values will drop to about 30 degrees below zero.
    • Severe weather reports to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center for Thursday included notice of 14 tornadoes, 99 high wind reports and 6 reports of large hail. “Mostly EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes were reported in Jefferson, Floyd and Clark counties in Indiana; Tippah and Marion counties in Mississippi; and Jefferson County, Kentucky.”

    Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Map (filtered).

  • North Carolina, USA.North Carolina Gov. Perdue has declared Burke and Rutherford counties disaster areas following the severe storms and tornadoes that left a trail of destruction on January 11.
    • Storms barreled across the state leaving at least 15 injured, destroying dozens of homes and damaging scores of others in the two counties.

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