Storm, Cold Prompt State Of Emergency Declarations
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
(Undated) -- Governors in the Midwest, South, and Northeast have declared states of emergency over the dangerously cold temperatures and heavy snows forecast. Indiana Governor Mike Pence has declared a state of emergency in 29 counties.
Indiana's declaration could mean federal aid later. Neighboring Illinois is also in a state of emergency. That state's emergency management agency director says people should avoid driving and stay with their vehicles if they get stuck. Tennessee is also under a state of emergency and authorities there urge travelers to let someone know when they're leaving and when they arrive. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for counties north of Syracuse. Those areas could get up to six feet of snow.
Illinois' Emergency Management Agency director Jonathon Monken says travelers who get stuck in their vehicles should stay there.