All over the MidSouth, and especially in Tipton County, preparations are underway for an ice storm expected to rival the 1994 storm folks still talk about.
You know the one: it hit Tipton County on Feb. 11, 1994 and paralyzed the county for several days. The Feb. 23 issue of The Leader reported preliminary damage estimates at $476,000 and shared stories of neighbors coming together over camping stoves and law partners spending several days in their offices because they didn't have heat at home.
That storm was the worst the county had seen since 1951 and the storm we're expecting tomorrow has been predicted to be just as bad.
The National Weather Service has place Tipton County under an ice storm warning and has given the following precautions:
An Ice Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. Commerce will likely be severely impacted. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Ice accumulations and winds will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.
Closings and contingency plans have started coming in to our office and those are available at our special Ice Storm 2013 page here.