Tennessee remains at a Level III – State of Emergency today, Tuesday, February 17, as assisting stranded motorists, clearing Interstates and roads, and addressing power outages are priorities today for State Agencies.
- The winter precipitation has moved out of Tennessee leaving behind very cold temperatures. The expectation is for temperatures to not be above freezing before the weekend.
- There have been three (3) weather-related fatalities in the state – one (1) in Knox County and two (2) in Williamson County.
- More than 60,000 customers are without power this morning across 17 counties, with the highest outages in Bedford, Knox and Monroe counties.
- All of the Interstates around Middle Tennessee remain hazardous this morning with reports of slow-moving traffic, stranded motorists and lanes closed in many locations. Roads and bridges remain slick across the state, and secondary roads remain hazardous.
- Level III-State of Emergency declared at 9 p.m., CST, on Feb. 16, 2015.
- National Guard, TDOT, TEMA, THP, TWRA, along with local EMAs responded to a 12-mile back-up, involving more than 675 vehicles on I-40 east bound in Humphreys County last night. Traffic is open but moving slowly this morning.
- Tennessee Department of Military has placed 34 personnel, 17 Humvees and two Blackhawk helicopters on standby to assist with wellness checks and response needs.
- VOAD deploying five chainsaw crews to Roane County to assist with debris clearing and wellness checks.
- TEMA’s Middle and East Regional Coordination Centers are open and staffed, and receiving county situation reports.
- There are eight shelters open in Tennessee with 14 occupants – 11 in Marshall County and three in Jellico. Other shelters are open in Caryville, Manchester, Crossville, Cookeville, Monteagle, Dyersburg, Kingston and Madisonville.
- Monitor traffic situation.
- Address power issues.
- Assist with debris management and removal.