Tennessee winter weather 1 storm-related fatality confirmed by Department of Health

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Division of Well being confirmed that one particular person died because of the frigid winter climate system that swept the area.

TEMA issued a report Friday night sharing that the Division of Well being confirmed one storm-related fatality and that at 2:30 p.m., there have been over 82,000 energy outages state broad. The extraordinarily chilly temperatures throughout the area created unprecedented calls for on the facility system, inflicting the general public and companies to be requested to cut back electrical energy use as a lot as safely attainable, TEMA stated.

A state of emergency was declared by TEMA Friday with the State Emergency Operations Heart in Nashville being activated at a stage 3 and Emergency Service Coordinators from many State of Tennessee departments supporting the continued state of affairs. Throughout East Tennessee, warming shelters are open to assist these out within the chilly keep heat.

Responses throughout the state embody the Division of Well being being involved with well being programs, the Division of Human Providers and the American Pink Cross being involved with native officers to assist shelter and warming heart wants, and the Division of Transportation and Tennessee Freeway Patrol supporting native communities with climate impacts.

To assist scale back power consumption, TEMA suggests decreasing thermostats to 68 levels or decrease to cut back power consumption. TEMA additionally says to restrict time open air and monitor native information for updates on climate forecasts.

For the most recent informaiton on the climate forecast, tune into WATE 6 On Your Aspect, go to WATE.com, and obtain the WATE Climate App.

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