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States of Emergency Declared in 4 States

Posted by feww on February 11, 2014


Governors in 4 states declare States of Emergency ahead of winter storm 

Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi declare States of Emergency ahead of yet another severe round of winter storm. More states are expected to follow suit.

Alabama: Gov. Bentley has declared a state of emergency ahead of yet another round of winter storm forecast to hit the state. The state of emergency is effective 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

“Alabama recently experienced a winter weather situation two weeks ago, and we are again bracing for more winter weather to impact the state over the coming days,” said Bentley.

Local Area Emergency for Marshall County

All roads in Marshall County are covered with 2 inches or more of
accumulation of snow and sleet. Road reports from throughout the County indicate that all roads are becoming extremely dangerous to impassible.

Louisiana: Gov. Jindal on Monday declared his fourth State of Emergency for severe weather during the past five weeks.

The governor has ordered state offices closed in 19 parishes, in the central and northern parts of the state. The parishes are Avoyelles, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Union, Vernon, Webster, and West Carroll.

Georgia: Gov. Deal has declared a state of emergency for Georgia just hours ahead of a winter storm.

Deal was severely criticized for the response to the January 28 storm that paralyzed the Atlanta metro area after just two inches of snow, leaving drivers stranded in frigid conditions overnight, and forcing students and some parents to sleep in school buses.

Snow is forecast for the region from Tuesday night to Thursday morning, said NWS.

Mississippi: Gov. Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of a “potentially Dangerous” winter storm, which is forecast to cause ice and snow accumulations in northern and central parts of the state.

“I have declared a State of Emergency to aid emergency officials in preparing for the onset of this potentially dangerous weather,” said  Bryant. “Mississippi has seen its share of winter weather lately, but now is not the time to become weather weary. 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 and accumulations of ice and winter precipitation.”

U.S. Weather Forecast

Significant Winter Storm Impacting the South and Southeast with Heavy Snow, Dangerous Ice: NWS

Cold air behind a stalled frontal boundary will combine with Gulf moisture resulting in snow, sleet and freezing rain across parts of the South and Southeast through midweek. In addition to heavy snow, there is a potential for dangerous ice accumulations from the lower Mississippi Valley into the Carolinas.

US weather hazmap 11feb14U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap)  for Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Issued at 12:31UTC. Source: NWS. UPDATE

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.]

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