Storms, Freezing Temperatures Cause 22 Deaths in Tennessee


State officials say the storms and freezing temperatures this past week in Tennessee caused 22 deaths.

Gov. Bill Haslam elevated Tennessee on Saturday to a higher level state of emergency, meaning hard-hit areas may be eligible for state and federal assistance.

Forecasters say the heavy precipitation has gone, but most of the state will see low temperatures in the teens to mid-20s the rest of the week.

Parts of the state could get about a half-inch of snow Sunday night, with some freezing rain and sleet in parts of West Tennessee. However, the remainder of the week is expected to be cloudy and partly sunny.

These weather conditions can create a lot of slip hazards to the surfaces surrounding your home, and it is important that you take great care if you need to leave the house. To be on the safe side should this happen again in the future, you should think about stocking up on something similar to this Seton grit salt that you can spread on your floor so you can reduce the risk of falling over and causing serious injury to yourself. It is especially important that you stay safe in these weather conditions.

According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, there are about 32,000 power outages in Tennessee.

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