Tennessee Declares State Of Emergency Due To Icy Roads - Mainly In Knoxville Area

Friday, January 25, 2013

The state of Tennessee has declared a state of emergency  due to freezing rain and icy conditions in East Tennessee - mainly in the Knoxville area.

The State Emergency Operations Center currently is activated to Level III.

Tennesseans should remember to “Take it Slow in Ice and Snow” and to limit travel as much as possible, and to never drive or venture into standing water, officials said.

If travel in unavoidable, be sure to have an emergency kit in your automobile to include blankets, warm and sturdy boots, a flashlight, and a hand-powered charger for mobile devices, it was stated.

The TDOT smartway system reports six roadway incidents and 69 ice/snow covered highways and two extremely hazardous highways.

Interstate 24 has some 20 wrecks in Montgomery County. One lane is now open. The road is a sheet of ice, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Kentucky has been alerted to warn drivers heading south about the icy conditions.

On I-40 in Knoxville, there is heavy freezing rain.

The Tennessee Departments of Safety and Transportation are working with county first responders to clear wrecks and check on motorists.

For highway emergencies, motorists should call *THP (*847) via mobile phone to be connected to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Headquarters nearest their location.

Icing is moving in to East Tennessee and this morning’s weather forecasts increased the ice accumulations to up to .50-inches. Icy conditions will be prevalent in the higher elevations and on the Cumberland Plateau.

There are currently seven emergency shelters open in parts of East Tennessee. There is no one in those shelters yet.

Oficials said in the event of a power outages, people should use caution when running portable generators to avoid any buildup of deadly carbon monoxide inside structures. Never run a generator inside your home.


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