The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency released the following report Saturday evening, Feb. 21, 2015:
CURRENT SITUATION Tennessee has elevated to a Level II-State of Emergency due to the major impacts to infrastructure, power and roads as a result of the overnight snow and ice storm and the current heavy rain in the state.
The heaviest impacts are in the Cumberland Plateau area of Tennessee with heavy damage reports and power outages in Cumberland, Fentress, Overton, Putnam and White counties.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the number of deaths caused by winter weather has risen to 18.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported Friday afternoon that Knox County leads the state with four deaths, including three caused by a house fire and one caused by a motor vehicle accident. There have been three deaths in Shelby County.
In all, the agency reports hypothermia has led to nine deaths. Five people have died in vehicle crashes related to the weather, and one dialysis patient was unable to get treatment.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- An Ice Storm Warning is now in effect in Middle Tennessee, the second such storm warning this week.
Meteorologist Bobby Boyd of the Nashville Weather Service says the warning will continue through 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
“And we’re looking at one to two inches of snow. That will be followed by a tenth to a quarter inch of ice. We’re looking for quite a bit of ice on top of what we’ve already had on the trees and power lines, so this could be a significant event.”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) Mid-state highways were in better shape Thursday, but many schools are still closed and Middle Tennesse could see more bad weather Friday.
Most area schools were closed again Thursday morning and many have already canceled classes for tomorrow as well.
Most universities in the region re-open today, Middle Tennessee State among them. But Austin Peay State is closed today, along with Columbia State, Tennessee Tech, and Volunteer State. Motlow will open two hours late.