Update On City Response To Weather Conditions

By: City of Tallahassee Email
By: City of Tallahassee Email

News Release: City of Tallahassee

Updated: January 29, 2014, 7pm

UTILITY EMERGENCY NUMBER: Electric, Water, Gas – 24 hours daily: 891-4YOU (4968)

The City of Tallahassee is continuing to monitor the severe winter weather that has been impacting our area. The National Weather Service is forecasting near and below-freezing temperatures to continue through the night on Thursday for Tallahassee. While rain will most likely not return overnight, the freezing temperatures might cause existing standing water to turn to ice. The City advises citizens to continue to take precautions, especially on local roadways.

If you experience an issue with any City services, please call 891-4YOU (4968). The customer call center will remain staffed around the clock.

The City’s Public Works Department will again have additional staff on call tonight to respond to requests to spread sand on iced roads, remove fallen trees and/or tree limbs and to place barricades if any roads need to be closed. Also, a crew will begin inspections of 19 City maintained bridges at 4 a.m. on Friday morning. Should icy spots be found, the crew will apply sand as needed to enhance safety for the morning rush hour.

If you are driving, remember that roads are slick, and icy spots can exist even if you can’t visibly see ice. Please drive slower than normal, leave extra room between cars and don’t slam on the brakes.

Citizens should leave exposed pipes wrapped, run a thin stream of water from at least one faucet in the home and bring outside pets indoors. For additional tips, please visit Talgov.com.

The Electric Utility also will have extra crews on call overnight to ensure any power outages are restored as quickly as possible.

Due to the weather, air travelers could experience flight delays and cancellations. TLH reminds all air travelers to check with their airlines to ensure flights are on schedule.

For the latest news on the status of City services, please follow @COTNews on Twitter.


News Release: City of Tallahassee

UTILITY EMERGENCY NUMBER: Electric, Water, Gas – 24 hours daily: 891-4YOU (4968)

The City of Tallahassee is preparing for the severe winter weather expected to impact our area this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting near and below-freezing temperatures beginning late Tuesday and continuing through Thursday for Tallahassee. While the chance of snow is minimal, light freezing rain and some ice accumulation is anticipated. City staff will be monitoring the situation as it develops.

Citizens are urged to take precautions as this icy weather enters our area. Tips for guarding people, pets and pipes against frigid conditions can be found on Talgov.com.

Residents are reminded to insulate exposed pipes and trickle water from at least one spigot inside the home. This is important to protect against broken pipes and, subsequently, soaked homes.

The City’s Public Works Department is prepared to spread dry sand on ice patches on roads, should they occur. Icy road conditions can exist even if you can’t visibly see ice. Motorists are advised to drive slower than normal, leave extra room between cars and to not slam on the brakes. As in other hazardous weather conditions, give yourself extra time by leaving a little earlier. Remember, texting and driving is always dangerous and is against the law in the state of Florida.

While our tree canopy is an amenity most of the time, falling limbs present a hazard during bad weather. Public Works has called in additional tree crews to be on stand-by in case icy conditions bring limbs to the ground. The Electric Utility also has extra crews on call to ensure any power outages are restored as quickly as possible.

In addition, the Electric Utility is asking residents to assist in the event power is lost by turning off electric heat pumps until power is restored (i.e., lights come back on). When power is being restored, the pull of thousands of heat pumps all starting at once can cause a surge that causes the electric circuit to shut back down. Waiting until the lights are back on to turn on the heat pump will help reduce the likelihood of a surge.

Due to the weather, air travelers could experience flight delays and cancellations. Delta Air Lines has notified Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) that all flights to and from Atlanta after 10:30 a.m. this morning are cancelled. TLH reminds all air travelers to check with their airlines to ensure flights are on schedule. The airport is prepared and capable of deicing planes, should the need arise.

While City parks will remain open, the Trousdell Aquatics Center will not open for the early morning swim time. It will open at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The Wade Wehunt Pool at Myers Park will open at its usual time of 6 a.m.

There will be no interruptions to Solid Waste Services collection schedules or StarMetro services.

For other cold weather tips and to stay up-to-date if conditions worsen, please follow @COTNews on Twitter.

The Utility customer call center will remain staffed around the clock through Thursday. If you experience an issue with your utility services, please call 891-4YOU (4968). City crews are always at the ready to restore outages and other service interruptions as quickly as possible.


Associated Press News Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- A blast of freezing precipitation expected to arrive Tuesday could scatter snow and ice across the Deep South, prompting officials from New Orleans to Virginia to ready road crews and close some schools.

Popular warm-weather tourist destinations including Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Pensacola, Fla.; Virginia Beach, Va.; and New Orleans are expecting ice and even snow -- rare occurrences in places that seldom see prolonged sub-freezing temperatures.

Delta Air Lines officials say more than 1,800 flights have been canceled ahead of a winter storm expected to pelt areas of the Southeast with sleet and snow.

Forecasters were predicting snow and ice from Texas to Virginia by mid-week as precipitation moving in from the South met with cold air already chilling the region.


News Release: National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has released an official Winter Storm Warning Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon for South Georgia, Southeast Alabama, the Florida panhandle, and the Big Bend area.

Click here for the full warning.


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