State of emergency declared ahead of Tennessee winter storm

State of emergency declared ahead of Tennessee winter storm

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MEMPHIS (AP) - A state of emergency is being declared in anticipation of a winter storm forecast to the western and middle parts of Tennessee.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said Thursday that the forecast includes freezing rain and ice that could lead to downed trees and power lines. Flooding could occur through the weekend.

The noon CST emergency declaration allows for increased staffing levels among emergency responders and staff.

In Shelby County, Mayor Mark Luttrell is reminding residents to check on family and friends who are elderly, disabled or live alone. Officials are monitoring road conditions.

Motorists should check their cars' tires, windshield wipers and antifreeze levels.

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