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National Guard, state teams help battered Cumberland Plateau


National Guard, state teams help battered Cumberland Plateau
WVLT/AP Tuesday February 24, 2015

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency officials now say that 27 people around the state have died as a result of last week's ice storm and bone-chilling low temperatures. State officials say at least nine of the victims died as a result of hypothermia. Schools remained closed in many counties and thousands were still without power Tuesday as Tennesseans struggled to recover from one of the worst winter storms in memory. Chain saw crews that included the Tennessee National Guard were deployed to clear downed trees in eight counties on the Cumberland Plateau. The National Weather Service is forecasting more snow for east Tennessee. The latest forecast said some portions of the eastern part of the state could get up to 3 inches this week. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)

 


Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Tuesday February 24, 2015

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
501 AM CST TUE FEB 24 2015
STEWART-MONTGOMERY-ROBERTSON-SUMNER-MACON-CLAY-PICKETT-HOUSTON-HUMPHREYS-DICKSON-CHEATHAM-DAVIDSON-WILSON-TROUSDALE-SMITH-JACKSON-PUTNAM-OVERTON-FENTRESS-PERRY-HICKMAN-LEWIS-WILLIAMSON-MAURY-MARSHALL-RUTHERFORD-CANNON-DE KALB-WHITE-CUMBERLAND-BEDFORD-COFFEE-WARREN-GRUNDY-VAN BUREN-WAYNE-LAWRENCE-GILES-

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT. THERE ARE STILL SOME PATCHES OF ICE AND SNOW ON MAINLY SECONDARY AND OTHER BACK ROADS ACROSS MIDDLE TENNESSEE. CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION ON AREA ROADWAYS. FOR AREAS WEST OF INTERSTATE 65...A FEW AREA CREEKS AND RIVERS ARE STILL SWOLLEN FROM LAST WEEKEND`S RAINS...ALONG WITH SNOW AND ICE MELT. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION....DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY. ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM COULD AFFECT SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE FROM MIDDAY WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MAINLY FOR LOCATIONS AROUND AND SOUTH OF A WAYNESBORO TO MURFREESBORO TO CROSSVILLE LINE. ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM A DUSTING UP TO ONE INCH NEAR THE TENNESSEE...ALABAMA BORDER AND SOUTHERN CUMBERLAND PLATEAU REGION.

 
People flock to shelters after widespread outages in Cumberland County


People flock to shelters after widespread outages in Cumberland County
WVLT Tuesday February 24, 2015

People in Cumberland County are still feeling the effects of the winter storm last week and over the weekend. Downed trees across the county have led to thousands of people losing power. As of 6:00 p.m. Monday, 12,000 people were still in the dark. Local 8 now reports the damage is so widespread that Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox said it has hit all 681 square miles of the county. Roads most every road in Cumberland County has been impassable. With trees down, power lines down, said Cox. "You see a tornado and it's in one direct path but when you go this entire county and you see transformers down on every end of the county and everybody's without power, said Cox. The Red Cross says it will keep the shelters open as long as people are in need. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)

 


Latest from VEC: Mon. 3:30 p.m.
VEC Tuesday February 24, 2015

Volunteer Energy Cooperative reports that progress continues on outages on the Cumberland Plateau. VEC now has approximately 400 workers deployed in this area, including 50 service and 30 right-of-way crews. In addition to the electric systems that were assisting this morning, personnel from Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation and Cumberland Electric Cooperative are on scene.
Estimates are that about 300 poles will need to be replaced; this work has already begun. Often when crews go to an area to restore an outage they discover additional damage that results in fewer outages in one area but more outages in another.
Currently the following outage numbers are reported: 16,000 in Cumberland County, 2,700 in Fentress County, 1,000 in Overton County, 9,00 in Meigs County, 1,600 in Putnam County, and 1,300 in White County as well as a few scattered outages in other areas. Crews continue to work around the clock and appreciate the acts of kindness shown to crews over the past few days by individuals and businesses.

 


Beware of Clean-up/Repair Scams
Submitted: Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox Tuesday February 24, 2015

Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox is warning the public about scammers who are offering clean up and repair services. These individuals demand payment up front and then do not complete the job. Sheriff Cox encourages citizens not to pay before the job is complete and if you are approached by anyone who demands payment up front, call the Sheriffs office at 931-484-6176.

 

 
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