Washington, DC -- As some states continue to recover from this week's winter storm, another system has started to bring more winter weather. A situation recap by state follows:
- The state Emergency Operations Center continues to operate 24 hours.
- There are currently 15 shelters open in the Sandhill Region with an estimated 300 occupants.
- Approximately 81,152 customers are still without power. Some areas are not expected to have power restored for at least two weeks.
- Raleigh-Durham International Airport remains closed.
- National Guard continues to support the state in various life support functions, such as power generation, rescue operations and medical support.
- In North Alabama, approximately 4,500 customers are still without power.
- One shelter remains open mainly for feeding purposes. In addition, the American Red Cross is operating an emergency response vehicle for feeding.
- On January 27, the Governor of Georgia requested the President issue an expedited major disaster declaration for the counties of Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Dawson, DeKalb Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Rabun, Rockdale, Stephens, Union, Walker, White, Whitfield and Wilkes as a result of the severe storms beginning January 22, 2000.
- The Georgia state Emergency Operations Center will re-activate tomorrow at 5 a.m. for 24-hour operations in anticipation of more severe weather.
- South Carolina was forecast to see up to a half an inch of ice in the northern most areas last night. In anticipation, the state Emergency Operations Center will remain partially activated today with representatives from the National Guard, Department of Transportation, Highway Patrol and the South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Division reporting.
- Approximately 21,000 residents remain without power.
- Florence County is closely monitoring a potential for flooding that could possibly affect 50 area residents in Black Creek.
New winter storm system hits
- The National Weather Service reports Arkansas had its heaviest snowfall in 12 years. The bulk of the snow fell late Wednesday into Thursday evening. Large amounts of snow fell in southern Arkansas with over a foot of snow reported from Murfreesboro to Fordyce and Monticello. The northern and central parts of Arkansas saw amounts of snow ranging from four to eight inches from Booneville to Hot Springs into Little Rock and Stuttgart. Snow is tapering off early this morning with light snow mainly continuing across northern and eastern Arkansas.
- An emergency was declared in Clark County due to numerous stranded motorists. Snow and ice have closed Interstate 30 from Prescott to Melvin. The National Guard will assist with the recovery.
- The Red Cross has opened three shelters in the state.