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TEMA: 6 dead across TN from winter storm

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports six people have died since the winter weather began on Sunday. More than a dozen warming shelters have opened.

TENNESSEE, USA — Six people have died from weather-related incidents since the winter weather began on Sunday, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed. 

The deaths were reported in Shelby, Maury, Williamson, Dickinson, and Overton counties. 

A State of Emergency remains in place with the State Emergency Operations Center activated in Nashville to support statewide winter weather efforts with state and local partners.

Utilities:

Also, Memphis and Shelby County emergency officials are coordinating efforts to respond to water pressure and supply issues in the Memphis Light, Gas, and Water system.

Memphis hospitals are all reporting low water pressure issues, including St. Jude LeBonheur, along with the Methodist and Baptist hospital systems.

St. Francis Hospital has received seven tanker trucks of water Thursday night to replenish their supply from two water main breaks near the hospital. 

The Tennessee National Guard is sending two tankers on Friday to keep the hospital’s water tanks full. 

As of Friday, MLGW has repaired 55 water main breaks and crews are working to repair three more. MLGW customers also remain under a boil water advisory.

Roads

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is working to clear roadways, with maintenance staff remaining on 24-hour activation.

Power outages

Around 7,300 residents in Middle Tennessee remain without power:

  • 1,800 customers in Bedford County (Duck River EMC)
  • 1,500 customers in Overton County (Upper Cumberland EMC)
  • 3,000 customers in Putnam County (Upper Cumberland EMC)
  • 1,000 customers in Jackson County (Upper Cumberland EMC)

The Upper Cumberland Electrical Membership Corporation officials expect power restoration to take several days.

Shelters:

TEMA reports shelters and warming centers have been opened in the following counties:

  • Bedford County: Fair Haven Baptist Church, 2726 U.S. Highway 231, Shelbyville, TN
  • Coffee County: Ada Wright Building, 328 N. Woodland St., Manchester, TN
  • DeKalb County: Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 S. College St., Smithville, TN
  • Dickson County: YMCA Dickson County, 225 Henslee Dr., Dickson, TN
  • Giles County: Elkton Fire Department, 164 Main St., Prospect, TN; Giles County Fire & Rescue Squad, 188 Oak Grove Rd., Goodspring, TN
  • Henry County: Inman Middle School, 400 Harrison St., Paris, TN
  • Jackson County: West End Fire Hall, 110 Salt Lick Creek Rd., Pleasant Shade, TN; Center Grove Community Center, 1137 Knobs Rd., Gainesboro, TN
  • Moore County: Moore County High School, 1502 Lynchburg Hwy., Lynchburg, TN
  • Overton County: First Christian Church, 320 Oakley St., Livingston, TN
  • Putnam County: First Baptist Church, 18 S. Walnut Ave., Cookeville, TN; Washington Avenue Baptist Church, 1621 N. Washington, Ave., Cookeville, TN
  • Shelby County: Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St., Memphis, TN; Lewis Senior Center, 1188 North Pkwy., Memphis, TN; Ruth Tate Senior Center, 1640 Marjorie St., Memphis, TN
  • Weakley County: University of Tennessee at Martin Student Life Center, 199 Moody St., Martin, TN

Vaccine appointments

The Tennessee Department of Health reports several vaccine points of dispensing locations are closed due to winter weather. Anyone with a vaccination appointment for Thursday should have been contacted regarding the closures.