Tennessee Ice Storm Claims Eleven Lives
Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Feb 19, 2015 in Auto Accident
More than 60,000 residents of Tennessee are without power as the winter storm moved through the state.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Tennessee from noon on Friday to early morning Saturday.
The developing storm is going to hit the middle of Tennessee on Friday with at 1-2 inches of snow expected early on, before the storm turns to rain and sleet.
This will create dangerous driving conditions in the region where ice expected to blanket major roads such as Interstate 65
This week has already brought record temperatures, snow and cold to the state. The National Weather Service anticipates some flooding around the Tennessee River after Saturday. Most of the flooding should be localized, however.
The state of emergency that was declared earlier in the week continues. Sub-zero temperatures are expected throughout the state tonight and Friday. There have been at least eleven confirmed deaths, and Red Cross shelters are in place to assist residents who are not prepared for the weather.
Treacherous road conditions have caused numerous auto accidents. Knox and Overton counties reported fatalities caused by accidents. An additional two motor vehicle deaths were reported in Williamson County.
People are still being encouraged to stay off the roads. The layer of ice that will form after the snow, dropping temperatures and the freezing rain is the most dangerous aspect of this storm gripping the state.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has not lifted the state of emergency that was declared on Monday night.
Both of the states major interstates have been hit hard by the storm and traffic continues to be slow moving. In light of these dangerous weather conditions, TEMA is encouraging all residents to only drive if it is necessary.
At Greg Coleman Law, we help residents of Tennessee deal with the fallout of auto accidents caused by weather, negligence and distracted drivers.
If you or someone you love has been injured during this dangerous winter storm, contact our law firm today. We offer free no-obligation consultations.