State Of Emergency Declared by Tennessee and Kentucky (USA)
Tennessee declared a state of emergency Monday night as more than 55,000 residents were without power across the state, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
A number of counties are also requesting state assistance with their responses. Roane County has requested five chainsaw crews from TWRA to help with clearing debris.
Meanwhile, 19 counties are being impacted by power outage spikes. Knox, Monroe, and Fentress are among the top six counties with the most people stuck in the dark as of Tuesday night, according to TEMA.
Just stay home.
That was Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s request of his fellow citizens for Tuesday.
An ice storm warning remained in effect until Tuesday morning for Middle Tennessee, creating the potential for ongoing traffic headaches for hundreds of thousands residents.
Middle Tennessee remained under an ice storm warning until Tuesday morning. (Photo: The Tennessean)
Middle Tennessee, in fact, appeared to suffer the brunt of the huge storm system that moved across Tennessee.
According to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: “Another blast of cold air is expected to move into Tennessee on Tuesday bringing some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter. On Wednesday, the Memphis area may see a low of 5 degrees, while Nashville may hit a low of minus 4 degrees. Wintry precipitation is again a possibility with this next incoming system.
“Travel will be treacherous Tuesday morning across Tennessee and motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary trips. A majority of schools systems across Tennessee will be closed Tuesday.”
In Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to expedite efforts to help the public and cope with snow. Some areas of the Bluegrass State may see as much as 16 inches of snow.
Numerous flights were cancelled in and out of Memphis on Monday and slushy conditions made rode travel tricky. (Photo: WMC-TV)
At least a half-dozen shelters were opened in the state for anyone seeking storm relief, including at Caryville, Rockwood, Jellico and Monteagle. They were to remain open until further notice. Many more 18 shelters were on on standby to open if needed, according to TEMA.
In Nashville, Southwest Airlines cancelled all departures and arrivals Monday from the airport, and most other flights at the Nashville International Airport are either canceled or delayed, according to The Tennessean.
In addition Monday, American Airlines had cancelled all operations at the airport until midday.
The Tennessee General Assembly will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 17 because of the weather. All legislative offices will be closed and all committee meetings are cancelled, according to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s office.
Mayor Dean said road safety and taking care of Nashville’s homeless population were two pressing issues in the metro area.
Fearful of continuing bad weather, including bitter cold, numerous Middle Tennessee school systems called off classes. Among them: Metro public schools, Williamson, Wilson, Cheatham, Sumner, Rutherford and Franklin Special school districts will be closed Tuesday. Robertson and Dickson schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Tennessean, WSMV, WMC and WRCB contributed to this report.
A crash on I-40 in Middle Tennessee near Lebanon shut down westbound traffic Monday. (Photo: WSMV)
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