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February 19, 2015

TEMA Update on State of Emergency

This is TEMA’s 4 p.m. update on the State of Emergency in Tennessee. We have confirmed 11 weather-related fatalities in the state. The details are below. We are monitoring the incoming winter weather system and its potential threats to life safety, traffic issues and power outages. This will be the final update today, unless there are significant changes this evening. We expect to issue the first update Friday around 9 a.m.

Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency, declared at 9 p.m. on 2/16/15.

Tennessee has 11, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

• Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Henry County – Two (2) fatalities: 64-year-old female, hypothermia related; 69-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Hickman County (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
• Knox County – One (1) fatality: 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
• Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Roane County – One (1) fatality, 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Sequatchie – One (1) fatality, 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Shelby County – One (1) fatality: 48-year-old male, hypothermia related
• Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female; 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident

Another winter storm will move across Tennessee, starting Friday morning and continuing through Saturday. A Winter Storm Warning is in place for Middle Tennessee through 9 a.m. Saturday. A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect for East Tennessee Friday afternoon. NWS predicts this incoming system could produce an inch or more of snow followed by heavy freezing rain and sleet.

After midnight Friday, temperatures will begin to warm up with snow changing to sleet and freezing rain, and eventually to rain Saturday morning. Temperatures will rise into the 40s Saturday with rain continuing. This warming trend melting snow and ice, and the possibility of one to three inches of rain will increase the potential for flash flooding.

Major Threats through Sunday
Severe Cold – Snow – Freezing Rain & Sleet – Downed Power Lines – Flash Flooding

Power Outages
There are just over 5,700 customers without power this afternoon over five counties.

Shelters Open
Red Cross (7): Warren, Sevier, Roane, Maryville, Loudon, Knox, Dyer
Independent (6): Madisonville, Loudon, Lewisburg, Coffee, McMinn, Rhea

Interstates are moving in Tennessee but TDOT traffic boards note drivers need to be aware that patches of ice are possible.

State Agencies working the storm response include: Environment & Conservations; Finance & Administration, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, FEMA, National Weather Service, Tennessee Valley Authority, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and Volunteer Tennessee.

TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders.