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TEMA declares winter weather emergency

News release from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) activated the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan today, Jan. 21, 2016, and declared a Level III – State of Emergency, as of 3 p.m., CST, due to weather forecasts of a major winter weather system that will move into West Tennessee, late this evening and overnight, and gradually cross the entire State through Saturday. TEMA made the recommendation for a State of Emergency to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam this afternoon.

The second winter weather system of the year is bringing with it threats of freezing rain, sleet, snow and high winds, which may create blizzard-like conditions in some areas.

The possible, critical impacts from this weather system may lead to stranded motorists, power outages, and people needing shelter.

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Nashville will have key, TEMA staff and State Agency partners monitoring the situation, to include the Tennessee Departments of Health, Human Services, Military, and Transportation, and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Additionally, TEMA has made contact with resources that may be needed with the potential for treacherous road conditions, including the American Red Cross, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Division of Forestry, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

TEMA’s regional offices in Jackson, Nashville and Knoxville are making staffing preparations for their Regional Coordination Centers (RCCs) that will include State Agency partners.

When activated the RCCs will be a point of contact to assist counties with any needs they report and to gather situational information for any response coordination. Each RCC is checking inventory of blankets, heater meals and water to fulfill any requests from counties or State Agencies for these resources.

The American Red Cross is currently putting shelter staff and volunteers on alert and is placing key shelter locations along Interstates on standby. Continue reading

TEMA storm report: 4 tornadoes, 6 dead

Here’s the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s Saturday afternoon report reviewing storm damage across the state from a wave of bad weather:

News release from TEMA
Heavy rain and storms over the past 24-hours has caused widespread flooding issues for a number of Tennessee counties, primarily in the eastern part of the state. The following is a summary of the current impacts of the flooding, to include an update on the severe storms and tornadoes of Dec. 23, 2015. This will be the only TEMA update today unless there are other significant developments.
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TDOT has a pothole patching plan

News release from Tennessee Department of Transportation:
NASHVILLE – A series of brutal winter storms followed by heavy rainfall amounts have created an abundance of potholes along Tennessee’s interstates and state highways. With warmer temperatures in the forecast over the coming days, TDOT is launching a massive effort using all available manpower to repair the damaged areas as quickly as possible.

Multiple 5-6 man crews in each of TDOT’s four regions will be patching potholes over the coming days and weeks. Cold mix asphalt is currently being used for repairs. As weather allows, these crews will be making every attempt to use hot mix asphalt which results in a more permanent repair. Full scale paving will be necessary in many locations. Some crews will be assigned to interstates while others will focus on state routes.

Please note – inclement weather, emergency repairs or incidents may disrupt daily schedules. TDOT does not count potholes, keep a tally of how many potholes have been repaired or the cost of repairs per pothole. These repairs are part of normal highway maintenance operations.

For the next few weeks, daily pothole patching schedules for each region will be posted at www.tdot.state.tn.us/maintenance/potholes.htm.

Motorists should be prepared for short term traffic delays during these repair operations. While every effort will be made to perform repairs during off-peak travel times (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekdays), some lane closures may extend into the late afternoon, evening, and weekends. We ask drivers to be patient and to watch out for TDOT crews on interstates and state highways.

Motorists can alert TDOT to potholes via email at TDOT.Comments@tn.gov or by phone at 1-877-SmartWay.

TDOT on pothole patrol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The snow and ice may be gone, but the damage they left behind is still evident.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says crews headed out on Monday to patch potholes on roadways and will stay busy all week.

Burel Tidwell with TDOT told WMSV that work crews are “a little overwhelmed” at the job ahead of them. According to media reports there are pothole problems all over the Midstate. Some are about as big as a basketball while others are the size of a small car.

TDOT spokeswoman Heather Jensen told WTVF-TV that heavy rain might slow the process, but it won’t stop it. She said crews are trying to fill as many holes as possible, even in the rain, because there are so many.

TEAM ends weather emergency; 4 fatalities from last winter storm

News release from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
This is TEMA’s update to indicate the State Emergency Operations Center has stepped down to a Level IV-Elevated activation. This ends the State of Emergency in Tennessee, effective at 4 p.m., CST, on Friday, March 6, 2015. The information below includes a region-by-region update as well as a timeline of the progression of our activation levels since Feb. 16. This will be the last update on TEMA’s winter weather response. More updates will be provided as we move into the recovery phase from this emergency. –Dean

Flash Report – Winter’s Final March
March 6, 2015 – 4 p.m., CST
SEOC Activation: Level IV – Elevated

CURRENT SITUATION
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has downgraded its activation to a Level IV – Elevated status ending the State of Emergency in Tennessee.

There are no unmet needs reported in Tennessee from the recent winter storm and cold weather, and the SEOC has no outstanding requests for assistance from counties.

REGION-BY-REGION
West Region – No major issues, just a few wrecks. No reports of widespread power outages. No unmet needs. Regional Coordination Center will close at 4:30 p.m., CST.

Middle Region – Interstates clear but back roads still icy in areas. No reports of widespread power outages. No unmet needs. Regional Coordination Center closed 3/5/15.

East Region – Flooding threat has subsided in Claiborne County. Some roads closed in a few counites. No shelters open. No reports of widespread power outages. Regional Coordination Center will close at 5:30 p.m., EST.

SEOC ACTIVATION TIMELINE
Level III – State of Emergency at 9 p.m., CST, on Feb. 16, 2015
Level II – State of Emergency at 3 p.m., CST, on Feb. 21, 2015
Level III – State of Emergency at 2 p.m., CST, on March 3, 2015
Level IV – Elevated at 4 p.m., CST, on March 6, 2015

Here’s the TEAM report from earlier Friday:
CURRENT SITUATION
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains at a Level III – State of Emergency and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan remains activated due to the previous severe winter storm.

Very cold temperatures are in place today across Tennessee, the last remnant of a winter weather system that brought freezing rain, sleet heavy snowfall and heavy rain to the state beginning on Mar. 4.

The SEOC has confirmed another fatality this morning of a confirmed of a 55-year-old-male from a motor vehicle accident this morning in Hamilton County.

Interstates in Tennessee are in good shape and moving. Patches of ice and sleet remain on Interstates and secondary roads, so motorists are still advised to use caution when travelling. TDOT is also keeping a message board in place on I-24 west bound warning motorists about the hazardous driving conditions in Kentucky.

The National Guard has five units still on standby in Obion, Cookeville, Dickson and Jackson to assist motorists and address other life safety needs.

The SEOC is also monitoring flooding potential from levee issues in Gibson County, and in Claiborne County on the Powell and Clinch rivers.

All shelters in Tennessee are closed. There are no widespread power outages. The SEOC is not receiving any reports of unmet needs in Tennessee.

FATALITIES
There are four (4) confirmed weather-related fatalities form this winter weather system:

• Campbell County: One (1) fatality: 61-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Dickson County: One (1) fatality: 46-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Hamilton County : One (1) fatality: 55-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/6/15
• Wilson County: One (1) fatality: 35-year-old, female, motor vehicle accident on 3/4/15

PRIORITIES:
• Address life safety needs
• Support local governments and resource requests
• Continue to assess and address roadway conditions
• Assist stranded motorists and conduct sheltering operations when needed
• Monitor changes to weather conditions
• Prepare for transition from response to recovery mode

State Agencies working at the SEOC, in the field or other locations on the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commission on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.

State Dept. of Health to investigate 11 TN hypothermia deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has asked the Department of Health to investigate why 11 people froze to death during last month’s winter storm.

Some were found dead in their homes after being without heat. At least two were elderly people who froze outside their homes after falling down.

Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner told WPLN-FM (http://bit.ly/1wK4ej8) the homeless are most at risk for hypothermia, but people in homes can also die if their heat is out. The situation can be worse if a person is on medication or abusing alcohol.

Dreyzehner said that “neighbors checking neighbors” is the best means of preventing hypothermia deaths.

Dreyzehner said most of those who died from hypothermia probably had people who were worried about them but couldn’t get out to check on them.

TEMA’s Thursday afternoon update (three fatalities from latest winter storm)

CURRENT SITUATION
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains at a Level III – State of Emergency and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan remains activated due to the previous severe winter storm.

The winter precipitation is moving out of Tennessee. Interstates are in good shape with traffic moving, though slowly in spots, due to ice and snow.

While Interstate traffic in Tennessee is flowing, heavy snowfall has caused traffic issues on both I-24 and I-65 in Kentucky. TDOT has placed a message board at Exit 8 on I-24 west bound in Tennessee warning motorist I-24 is closed a mile-marker 86 in Kentucky. TDOT is also announcing that driving conditions on I-24 and I-65 both in Kentucky are treacherous and motorists should be take notice.

The Tennessee National Guard is moving four units to Nashville to place on standby for wellness checks in case I-65 issues in Kentucky begin impacting Tennessee. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tennessee Parks are also on standby to assist with any motorist wellness checks. Tennessee Highway Patrol is also flying reconnaissance missions over I-24 and I-65 to monitor traffic.

The temperatures are expected to stay below freezing through midday Friday. This will keep many roadways slick and hazardous for an extended period of time in West and Middle Tennessee.

FATALITIES
There are three (3) confirmed weather-related fatalities form this winter weather system:

• Campbell County: One (1) fatality, 61-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Dickson County: One (1) fatality, 46-year-old, male, motor vehicle accident on 3/5/15
• Wilson County: One (1) fatality, 35-year-old, female, motor vehicle accident on 3/4/15

POWER OUTAGE
S
There are no reports of widespread power outages, but localized outages are possible.

SHELTERS
There are two Red Cross shelters on standby:
• Campbell Co – First Baptist Church
• Campbell Co – Lafollette Rec Center

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY UPDATES

The heaviest snow impact is in the northwest corner of Tennessee and in counties north of I-25 in the state. Some counties are also reporting flood impacts.

Campbell County – State Route297 in Campbell County is closed due to flooding.

Claiborne County – Local EMA reports Powell River at highest flow in five years at Jonesville, VA.

Gibson County – Local EMA monitoring three breaks in levees that could impact water treatment plant, the jail and three homes.

Hancock County – Flooding is reported on State Route 33 in Hancock County.

Montgomery County – Reporting six inches of snow in Clarksville, higher amounts near the Kentucky state line.

Obion County – Heavy snow has impacted travel in the county, especially for emergency medical services. One National Guard unit is assisting Baptist Hospital in Obion County to follow on ambulance runs to assist transporting ambulance crew if access issues.

Robertson County – Reports of 8 to 10 inches of snow with reports of wreckers clearing 18-wheelers stuck on hills.

Stewart County – Reports 12 inches of snow in the northwestern part of the county. The Stewart County Sheriff is using Humvees and heavy trucks to escort.

PRIORITIES
• Address life safety needs
• Support local governments
• Fulfill resource requests
• Monitor changing weather conditions
• Assess roadways and assist any stranded motorists

State Agencies working at the SEOC, in the field or other locations on the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.

TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, 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.

TN House and Senate meet in winter storm, punt bills to next week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Enough members of the Tennessee House and Senate have braved the winter storm gripping the state to hold their scheduled floor sessions at the Capitol, but decided to move the balance of their bills to next week because of heavy absences.

Seventy of 99 House members were in attendance, as were 23 of 33 senators. That was enough for a quorum in both chambers, but leaders decided to shift the bulk of their calendars to Monday’s floor sessions.

In closing the upper chamber’s floor session, Senate Speaker Pro Tempore (Bo Watson, R-Hixson) had some advice for colleagues heading home for the weekend: “Be safe, everyone.”

It’s the second winter storm to put a hold on proceedings this year. The House two weeks ago put off two floor sessions because of ice and snow

TEMA’s Thursday weather emergency update

News release from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency:

CURRENT SITUATION
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains at a Level III – State of Emergency and the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan remains activated due to the previous severe winter storm.

Snow and ice overnight and this morning have caused traffic issues in West and Middle Tennessee. Most significantly, the Kentucky State Police have closed I-24 at the state line due to 12 to 14 inches of snow. Montgomery County reports 18 inches of snow on the ground. In other Tennessee locations, there are reports of 3 to 5 inches of snow north of I-40, with 1 to 3 inches south.

The National Weather Service in Nashville also has issued a Flood Warning for The Harpeth River Near Kingston Springs. Heavy rain and flooding is reported in areas of the Cumberland Plateau and East Tennessee, too. State Route297 in Campbell County is closed due to flooding. Flooding is also reported on State Route 33 in Hancock County.

The temperatures are expected to stay below freezing through midday Friday. This will keep many roadways slick and hazardous for an extended period of time in West and Middle Tennessee.

FATALITIES

There is one (1) confirmed weather-related fatality form this system in Dickson County of a 46-year-old male due to an auto accident.

POWER OUTAGES
There are no reports of widespread power outages, but localized outages are possible.

SHELTERS
There are two Red Cross shelters open with no occupants:
• Campbell Co – First Baptist Church
• Campbell Co – Lafollette Rec Center

RESPONSE ACTIONS
• Obion County has requested National Guard assistance with clearing roads for emergency response access.

• The SEOC is Nashville is fully-staffed and conducting calls with the Nashville Weather Service and TEMA’s regional offices for situational awareness and information on conditions.

• TEMA’s West, Middle and East Regional Offices are polling counties and responding to any requests for assistance.

• THP reports isolated incidents on Interstates with no major backups. THP in Nashville is working 14 weather-related events and eight crashes.

• TDOT is running snow plows and re-loading salt trucks.

• National Guard is keeping four units on standby until Friday in Cookeville, Dickson, Jackson and Murfreesboro to assist with wellness checks and other life-safety needs should they arise.

PRIORITIES
• Address life safety needs
• Support local governments
• Fulfill resource requests
• Monitor changing weather conditions
• Assess roadways and assist any stranded motorists

State Agencies working at the SEOC, in the field or other locations on the storm response include: Commerce & Insurance, Environment & Conservation, Correction, Finance & Administration, General Services, Health, Human Services, National Guard, Tennessee Commissioner on Aging, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Volunteer Tennessee. Response support is also being provided from the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Tennessee Valley Authority and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.

TEMA’s mission, www.tnema.org, 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

Winter storm closes state offices

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A winter storm has dumped up to 14 inches of sleet and snow in parts of Tennessee, closing schools, cancelling flights and shutting down most businesses.

According to the National Weather Service, there have been reports of 8 to 14 inches of sleet and snow in northwest Tennessee.

In Middle Tennessee, there have been reports of accumulations over 3.5 inches. State offices have been closed, and the governor is urging people to stay off the roads.

Accumulations through Thursday morning haven’t been as much in East Tennessee, with reports of up to two inches.

Many parts of the state could see a warming trend starting on Friday, when temperatures are expected in the upper 30s to low 40s. Some parts of the state could see highs close to 60 by the weekend.