Winter Storm Landon Live Updates: Power Outage Top 200,000; One Runway Open at DFW | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

  • At least two shifts have been hit in Ohio, a DOT spokesperson told The Weather Channel.
  • Power outages quickly escalated in Memphis due to icing.
  • Ohio State University canceled in-person classes at its Columbus main campus on Thursday.
  • One death was confirmed in New Mexico, where roads became treacherous.

Winter Storm Landon continues to dump rain, ice and snow on the Plains, Midwest and Ohio Valleys, leading to travel problems both on the ground and in the air, power outages and road closures.

(LAKE: The latest forecast for winter storm Landon)

Here’s a look at what’s happening right now. For our Wednesday live updates page, click here.

Austin fire department responds to hundreds of calls

First responders in Austin, Texas, responded to almost 300 incidents in a 24-hour period ending this morning, the agency said. That included 45 traffic accidents with injuries, 17 fires and five reports of arcing.

A car get out of hand on Interstate 35 was caught on camera as crews cleared up another crash.

One Runway Open at DFW

Has a single runway open at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and cleanup efforts are underway, according to a tweet from the airport at around 11 a.m. CST.

The update came just over two hours after the airport reported that all runways were closed shut down because of snow and ice.

More than 1,200 flights were canceled at DFW today, according to airline tracking website FlightAware. Today there are about 6,000 nationwide.

Power outage rises

More than 200,000 homes and businesses in the southern half of the US are without power as of 1 p.m. EST, according to PowerOutage.us.

The top state for dropouts is Tennessee, with over 107,000. Most of those are still due to ice accumulation in the Memphis area.

About 67,000 outages are reported in Texas and 25,000 in Arkansas. Power outages are also increasing in Mississippi, with about 8,000 reported.

Governor of Kentucky: Roads Hard to Clear

“The rain followed by the sleet followed by the ice followed by the snow makes for a very difficult situation to quickly clear and clear the roads and it will make them more dangerous than if it were just one of these that we were dealing with. have to do,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news briefing around 12:30 p.m. EST.

10,000 linemen deployed in Texas

With 10,000 linemen already on the ground, another 2,000 are en route from other states, Governor Greg Abbott said in a news conference at 11:30 a.m.

Power outages were of particular concern in Texas, where a year ago millions of people were left without electricity during one of the worst cold spells and largest snowfall in state history. Many were without power for weeks. In February 2021, the cold and weather in Texas killed more than 240 people, including people who froze to death in their own homes or succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning or fires while trying to keep warm.

Since then, new rules have strengthened the state’s power grid, made operators better prepare for winter weather and increased fines for those who don’t.

Abbott said there is sufficient power in the grid, but outages are caused by failed power lines that are the responsibility of local utilities.

Icing on a Texas street sign in Richardson, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Ice buildup on a Texas street sign in Richardson, Texas, Thursday, February 3, 2022.

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

“Galloping” contributes to power outages

A triple blow of rain, freezing temperatures and wind in some areas creates what is known in the energy sector as ‘galloping’.

“‘Galloping’ occurs when rain, freezing of the power line, coupled with constant wind, a air foil — basically the same shape as an airplane wing,” energy company Entergy Arkansas said in a tweet along with a video. “Wind blows over and creates lift. Interrupting lines can cause interference(s).”

Kentucky FEMA Disaster Relief Centers Closed

The weather has closed sites set up to help victims of the Dec. 10 tornadoes in the western part of the state.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency closed facilities in Caldwell, Graves, Hopkins and Warren counties early Wednesday and they will remain closed until at least Friday, several local media outlets reported.

Help is still available online at FEMA.gov.

It is expected that a decision will be made on Friday whether they will open again on Saturday.

Power failure Top 150,000

According to PowerOutage.us, as of 11 a.m. CDT, more than 84,000 power outages are reported in Tennessee and more than 74,000 in Texas. In Arkansas, about 25,000 homes and businesses are without power.

Nearly all of Tennessee’s outages are in the Memphis region, where icy rains have knocked down trees and power lines.

Many of the Texas outages are in Hunt, Collin, and Fannin counties in the northeast part of the state. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said those areas are the… highest accumulations of freezing rain and ice at night.

What to do if your power and heat fail?

If your electricity drives your heat and the power goes out, it can lead to frozen pipes and overall damage to your home. Being cold for a while can also be dangerous for your health and in extreme cases even fatal. That’s why it’s incredibly important to be prepared for power outages during winter storms or at any time during the winter.

Here are a few tips on what to do during a power outage. Click here for a complete list of ways to secure before, during, and after a.

-Keep doors and windows closed, put towels for possible drafts.

-Layer your clothes to keep warm, put on a hat, cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs and put on mittens (they are better than gloves). Get under extra blankets.

– Know the signs of frostbite – loss of sensation and color in fingers, earlobes, and the tip of the nose – and call 911 if anyone has these symptoms.

– Know the signs of hypothermia – uncontrollable shivering, amnesia, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness – and call 911 if anyone has these symptoms.

– Never use generators or grids inside or near buildings or other structures.

-Be very careful when going outside to inspect your home for storm damage, as downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden by powerlines, trees or debris and can be live. If you see broken wiring, assume that the line is live and report it to your utility company. Do not touch anything that touches the wire.

Roads closed due to high water in San Antonio

Portions of at least three roads have been closed after heavy rains in San Antonio. One of the closures is on Interstate 35 and Interstate 10, officials said in a briefing at around 8:30 a.m. CST.

“If you have to travel this morning, make plans now and travel slowly,” said city manager Eric Walsh.

Four warming centers have opened in the city.

Police responded to seven major crashes and six minor crashes related to rain overnight, Chief Constable William McManus said. He said first responders also conducted a high-water rescue and responded to 10 other weather-related calls.

Plows beaten in Ohio, spokesman says

Matt Bruning, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, told The Weather Channel in an interview Thursday morning that two crews were hit by other vehicles while trying to keep the streets clean. He did not say whether those incidents resulted in injuries.

“We just need people who stay at home,” Bruning said. “That helps us a lot.”

He added that freezing rain made it difficult to maintain roads in areas where fouling was occurring.

“There really isn’t much we can do with freezing rain,” he said. “We’re hard at work looking for snow in Ohio right now.”

Outages are increasing rapidly in Memphis

PowerOutage.us reported a rapid increase in power outages in the Memphis metro area mid-morning Thursday as the ice buildup worsened. As of 9:30 a.m. EST, some 12,000 homes and businesses were without power. The weight of the ice began knock down trees in the city.

Ohio State Cancels Personal Classes in Frosty Columbus

Due to the expected effects of Landon, Ohio State University canceled personal classes Thursday, but the campus remained open. The Columbus Public Schools were also closed on Thursday.

Thursday morning, the city of Columbus experience dangerous icing in some areas.

1 dead in New Mexico

The Weather Channel confirmed the death of one person in a weather-related accident along Sandia Crest Road in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, just east of Albuquerque. The crash occurred on Wednesday, but other details were not immediately available.

DFW Airport Closed; Thousands of flights across the country canceled

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in a ground stop Thursday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration announced. The winter conditions prevented aircraft from taking off or landing. The ground stop was expected to last until noon EST.

(PHOTOS: Pictures of Winterstorm Landona)

About 4,000 domestic flights were canceled Thursday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. DFW led with over 900 cancellations. More than 100 flights were also canceled to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, St. Louis’s Lambert International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

In total, more than 6,000 domestic flights have been canceled due to the winter storm.

Ice weighs down trees near Dallas

Trees began to collapse Thursday morning under the weight of accumulating ice northeast of Dallas, according to social media posts.

More than 50,000 homes and businesses in Texas were without power on Thursday morning, according to PowerOutage.us. This was the highest outage total of any US state as of 8 a.m. EST.

Take safety precautions when using generators

While there was no major outage as of Wednesday night, anyone using a generator is being reminded to take proper safety precautions to avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. That includes these tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

-If the power goes out, only use your generator outside your home, at least 6 meters from your home or other buildings.

– Never use a generator in a house, garage or shed.

-Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors at home.

-Make sure you also have working smoke detectors and check the batteries.

Grills and similar equipment should also never be used indoors.

At least 430 people in the US die each year from accidental CO poisoning and 50,000 end up in the emergency room, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Snow and ice are removed outside a parked plane at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Snow and ice are removed outside a parked plane at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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