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Thursday, March 1, 2012
Homeland Security Threat Level: YELLOW (ELEVATED)
Significant National Weather:
Mountain snow showers will continue across northern California and Oregon spreading into the Northern and Central Rockies. Snow accumulations of 1-3 feet are possible in the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Strong winds of 15-30 mph with gusts to 50 mph are also expected in the mountains and deserts of California through this evening.
Periods of light to moderate snow is expected to continue today from northern Michigan eastward to central and northern New England.Â*
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue across the Deep South and Southeastern U.S. through the end of the week. A slight risk of severe thunderstorms continues for the Mid-Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Valleys. Strong winds and low relative humidity will increase the risk of fire danger across most of Texas and portions of New Mexico and Oklahoma; Red Flag Warnings are in effect through this evening in these areas.
A low pressure system will continue to move out of the Great Lakes and into New England today producing snow across Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire through Friday. Accumulations of 4-8 inches are possible. A wintry mix is forecast to change over to snow over parts of upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. Accumulations of up to four inches of snow with associated ice accumulations are anticipated in portions of New York. Showers and thunderstorms, some severe, will bring a threat of damaging winds, hail, and isolated tornados to the Mid-Atlantic.
Midwest Severe Storms (Feb. 28-29):
Severe weather began in the Midwest on Tuesday, February 28 and expanded across the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Valleys to the Carolinas through this morning. The National Weather Service confirmed three EF1 tornadoes in Missouri (2) and Kentucky (1); five EF2 tornadoes in Harveyville, Kansas (1), Missouri (2), Kentucky (2) and one EF4 tornado in Harrisburg, Illinois. An additional, unconfirmed tornado was reported in Cumberland County, Tennessee resulting in two fatalities.
FEMA Region VIISpace Weather:
Region VII Regional Response Coordination Center is activated to Level III.
The Governor declared a State of Emergency on Feb. 28, and partially activated the state Emergency Operation Center. Major Damages were reported to 28 homes with two homes destroyed. There were no fatalities, but 12 injuries were reported. As of 1:00 a.m. EST Feb 29, there were 1,558 customers without power. (147 within Harveyville). There are no requests for FEMA assistance.
The Governor declared a State of Emergency Feb. 29 and partially activated the state EOC. Damages were reported to over 167 homes, and the state has requested Individual Assistance Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments for 17 counties. Three confirmed fatalities and over 50 injuries have been reported statewide. Two shelters are open with 57 occupants. As of 10:00 p.m. EST, Feb 29, approximately 5,200 customers are without power in the affected areas. The state activated 18 National Guardsmen to support response operations. The Missouri Business EOC was virtually activated to provide communications between the state EOC, FEMA Region VII and private sector liaisons. There are no requests for FEMA assistance.
FEMA Region V
Region V Regional Response Coordination Center remains at Watch/Steady state.
The Governor declared a State of Emergency for the bottom third of the state, and partially activated the State Emergency Operation Center. Damages were reported to a strip mall, two hospitals, and 140 homes. Two hospitals are operating on generator power. Six confirmed fatalities with 100 injuries were reported. One shelter is open with 12 occupants. As of 6:00 a.m. (EST) March 1, approximately 2,300 customers were without power across the state. There are no requests for FEMA assistance.
The state EOC is not activated. Damages were reported to 20 homes. No fatalities or injuries were reported. No shelters are open and there are no power outages reported. There are no requests for FEMA assistance.
FEMA Region IV
Region IV Regional Response Coordination Center remains at Watch/Steady state.
The State Emergency Operation Center returned to normal operations. No fatalities but several injuries were reported. Damage assessments will resume this morning for affected counties. One shelter is open in LaRue County with six occupants. As of 7:30 p.m. EST, Feb 29, approximately 2,200 customers are without power. The state activated 30 National Guard personnel to support response operations. There are no requests for FEMA assistance.
Â*No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours, and no space weather storms are predicted for the next 24 hours.
Tropical Weather Outlook
No new activity (FEMA HQ)
No new activity (FEMA HQ)
Disaster Declaration Activity
No new activity (FEMA HQ)