WV and National Disaster News - February 17, 2021


West Virginia
o   Tens Of Thousands Without Power After Latest Ice Storm (West Virginia Public Broadcasting-Radio)
o   Ice storm causes power outages (The Parkersburg News and Sentinel)
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NBC News reports the death toll continues to climb to at least 28 after a continuing series of winter storms batters the U.S. with arctic air, ice and snow, crippling the energy grid in places like Texas and Oklahoma. The Weather Channel reports Winter Storm Uri is being followed by Winter Storm Viola which is again bringing significant freezing rain to parts of central and eastern Texas. Winter storm warnings, winter storm watches and winter weather advisories have been issued from portions of Texas and Oklahoma into the mid-South, mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Friday.
CNN reports Biden talked with a group of governors affected by the severe winter weather this week and “reiterated to all the governors that his Administration is prepared to assist and stands ready to respond to requests for Federal assistance from the governors and will deploy any additional Federal emergency resources available to assist the residents of their states in getting through this historic storm.”
 AccuWeather Live reports millions remain in the dark in Texas and power companies warn the outages could last for ‘several more days.’ Louisiana power companies are also initiating rolling power outages to help protect the stability of the power grid and prevent prolonged outages.
Fox News reports Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered an investigation into the power grid failure in his state.
AccuWeather reports snow is forecast to fall along a 2,000-mile-long swath from northwestern and north-central Texas to northern Maine through Friday. Freezing rain and sleet will occur to the south and east of the snow zone, extending from central Texas to southeastern New York state.
The Washington Examiner reports the economic toll from the succession of winter storms will cost billions in property and agricultural damage.

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