WV and National Disaster News - February 11, 2021


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A long lasting ice storm that started early Wednesday has the potential for causing lengthy power outages as it makes a 1,200 mile trek across the U.S. AccuWeather reports locations from northern Arkansas and southern Missouri to central and southern West Virginia have the potential to pick up between 0.25 and 0.75 of an inch of ice that will adhere to elevated surfaces. Forecasters say any time ice accrues to a thickness of 0.25 of an inch or greater, the risk of downed power lines increases significantly. CNN reports millions are impacted by the system, which is being called Winter Storm Shirley by the Weather Channel, as it stretches from Texas to Virginia. The storm has closed vaccination centers, schools and has created treacherous road conditions as states start reporting power outages.

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