BATON ROUGE, La. >> Unusually chilly temperatures and slippery street circumstances prompted officers in the Deep South to induce folks to remain house at the moment because the winter storms shut down roads, prompted dozens of site visitors accidents and claimed the lifetime of a Louisiana man who fatally slipped on ice.
A winter storm that introduced snow, ice and plunging temperatures throughout the southern Plains and prompted an influence emergency in Texas stretched its frigid fingers right down to the Gulf Coast. Winter storm warnings blanketed most of Louisiana and Mississippi and prolonged into elements of Alabama, the place forecasters warned of the potential of ice storms in the northwest nook of the state, in response to the National Weather Service.
Low temperatures had been anticipated to drop into the kids and even single digits in some locations in a single day and into Tuesday morning, with wind chills making it really feel even colder.
The Louisiana Department of Health introduced the state’s first storm-related dying Monday night after a 50-year-old Lafayette Parish resident slipped on ice and fatally hit his head on the bottom, in response to officers. The sufferer was not instantly recognized.
In a information convention tonight, Gov. John Bel Edwards known as the dying “very tragic” and stated state police additionally labored greater than 150 site visitors accidents that resulted in reasonable to important accidents as a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain created treacherous circumstances.
Interstate 10 was closed between Baton Rouge and Lafayette on Monday morning after a number of wrecks, together with a 14-vehicle pileup, The Advocate reported. In that occasion, one automobile hit a guardrail and created a “domino effect” with different automobiles sliding into one another as a result of they had been unable to cease on the ice, however nobody was injured, state police stated.
State police spokesman Taylor Scrantz informed the newspaper that troopers had been having to take care of some drivers who tried to get round barricades to get onto the interstate.
Edwards added that greater than 125,000 energy outages had been reported throughout Louisiana, with some areas remaining with out electrical energy for greater than 12 hours. He stated state companies had delivered mills to among the affected areas.
Though many colleges, companies and statewide workplaces had been set to be closed Tuesday to mark a scaled-back Mardi Gras vacation amid the pandemic, the governor urged Louisiana residents to proceed to “stay home, stay off the road and don’t go out unless it’s absolutely necessary.”
“This is a very serious emergency and we are going to see another round of winter weather come in,” Edwards stated. “We can’t tell exactly when the thaw-out is going to happen and the roads may go from being unsafe to safe to unsafe again so we need everybody to be very mindful of that.”
Slick circumstances additionally plagued Mississippi, the place the state Department of Transportation was reporting ice on roads and bridges all through a lot of the state. The company posted photographs and video of snowy interstates on Facebook and urged folks to remain house so crews can work to clear the roads.
In north Alabama, authorities responded early at the moment to a pileup involving at the very least 20 automobiles alongside a freeway close to Lacey’s Spring the place dense fog and ice coated the roadway, in response to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. No extreme accidents had been reported, the company stated.
In Georgia, the place the National Weather Service predicted precipitation and in a single day temperatures dropping into the 20s throughout the northern a part of the state, Gov. Brian Kemp delayed the opening of all state workplaces by two hours for Tuesday morning. He stated the choice was made after session with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and he urged faculty officers to watch native circumstances fastidiously.