Monday, February 10, 2014

STAY HOME!! Officials Strongly Recommend Citizens Not Travel as Ice Storm Projected for the Area

Stay Home - You are at your own risk... This was the consensus of local officials and emergency personnel as they gathered in Winston County to review the upcoming weather conditions.

Winston County EMA Director Buddy King briefed county, city, emergency and utility personnel on projected weather changes this afternoon. Latest reports indicate that ice that was originally projected to hit the hardest slightly to our north is now expected to strongly impact our area by early morning on Tuesday. Ice accumulations that were projected at less than a 1/4 inch are now expected to reach up to 1/2 inch. Ice of this severity becomes a major problem for power lines and loss of electricity for areas of the county are a strong possibility.

There is also the possibility that these conditions could extend well into Wednesday as well. Citizens are strongly encouraged to not travel beginning late tonight and into Tuesday morning. All area schools are closed on Tuesday along with several businesses. (Closings listed below on WWN)

  • Residents are recommended to do the following:
  • Do not travel except in case of emergency on Tuesday.
  • Make necessary plans for a power outage in your home 
  • If you have medical needs that require electricity - take necessary precautions. Winston Medical Center will retain power under all circumstances.
  • Charge your cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc this evening in case of power outages that affect television/radio, etc.
  • Emergency personnel must deal with the same weather conditions as you do. Response times will be slowed.
  • Check on /help elderly family or neighbors prepare for the weather conditions
  • Stay away from downed powerlines
WWN will have more weather updates and closings throughout the evening....