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Louisiana Declares 2nd State of Emergency due to Dangerous Cold

Posted by feww on January 25, 2014

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Jindal declares 2nd State of Emergency for Louisiana due to brutal cold

Louisiana Gov. Jindal declared a second state of emergency for Louisiana on Friday (January 24) after National Weather Service (NWS) issued freeze warnings and hard freeze warnings for parishes across the Pelican State. The first state of emergency, proclaimed on January 22 was  to facilitate uninterrupted deliveries of propane and other heating fuels in Louisiana and out of state, as millions of people experienced propane shortages amid the brutal cold across wide swathes of the United States.

State of Emergency

Parts of the governor’s State of Emergency Declaration read as follows

National Weather Service predicts that the dangerously frigid temperatures currently affecting the central and eastern United States will impact the southern states through the weekend, creating hazardous winter weather conditions throughout the State … the National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories, freeze warnings and hard freeze warnings for parishes across the State for the next twenty-four hours making driving conditions hazardous … State offices have been closed in thirty-eight parishes and schools have been closed in thirty-seven parishes due to the hazards  posed by this extreme winter weather, and these winter weather conditions threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the State of Louisiana …

Propane shortage

The price of propane, a liquefied petroleum gas, soared to $4.30 – $5.0 a gallon on Friday, more than double its price a week ago, Reuters reported.

The crisis caused by record-breaking freeze coincides with pipeline outages and low inventories, has already led to fuel rationing in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, said the report.

“We could be sitting in this situation to spring,” said the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association.

Polar Vortex

“polar vortex has increased the number of deaths throughout the nation,” declared Alabama Gov. earlier this week.

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