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State of Emergency declared in Tennessee
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The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has activated the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan and declared a State of Emergency at 9 p.m., CST, on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. TEMA reports road conditions in Tennessee are deteriorating rapidly with motorists backed up on two major Interstates, and a number of counties requesting assistance with various response actions. TEMA reports the current situation as the following as of 4 a.m. on February 17: • I-40 east bound at mile marker 156 in Hickman County is backed up 12-miles into Humphreys County to around mile marker 152. • I-24 west bound from the 96 mile marker to I-840 is to be closed down due to crashes and a previous back up. • Power outages have spiked in Tennessee as of 9 p.m., CST, currently at 55,682 customers, impacting at total of 19 counties with Bedford, Davidson, Fentress, Knox, Monroe and Smith having the highest outages.