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Deadly Ice and Snow Blanket U.S. South

Posted by feww on February 12, 2014


“Confidence is increasing in [a catastrophic] event of historical proportions” —National Weather Service

A major winter storm impacting a large region from Texas to the Southeast Coast Tuesday will move up the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday bringing significant snow, freezing rain, and heavy rain… —NWS Forecast

  • Significant snowfall totals across north and  especially northeast Georgia
  • Significant crippling-ice-totals from Atlanta eastward along the I-20 corridor

The deadly storm, which has claimed at least 6 lives so far, dumped  up to 6 inches of snow in north Georgia on Tuesday, with another 9 inches forecast by early Thursday, according to NWS.

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap)  for Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Issued at 02:20UTC. Source: NWS. UPDATE

More than 2 inches of ice could cover much of U.S. South by Thursday

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

Hundreds of schools and 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.

Thousands of flight were canceled or delayed on Tuesday and the trend is expected to continue through weekend.

A major winter storm will impact locations from Texas to the Southeast Coast on Tuesday before it moves up the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday with heavy snow, freezing rain, and heavy rain…

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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