Cold to continue in Talladega and St. Clair counties through Thursday
by Elsie Hodnett
Jan 07, 2014 | 877 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Winter weather conditions have had little effect on St. Clair or Talladega counties so far although very cold temperatures are expected to continue through Thursday.

“There were a few patches of black ice on roads throughout the county, but we did not hear of any accidents related to the weather,” said Patrice Kurzejeski, assistant director of the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency. “We had very minor problems.”

Kurzejeski said according to the National Weather Service, the high today is expected to be 24 degrees with a low of 10 degrees. Wednesday the high is expected to be 43 degrees with a low of 14 degrees. Thursday, the high is expected to be 48 degrees with a low of 25 degrees.

Tommy Bowers, Alabama Power Company manager for Pell City, said there was a power outage due to a fallen tree in the Old Beavers Farm subdivision in Cropwell Sunday night.

“The power went out about 8:30 p.m. and was out for an hour-and-a-half,” he said. “There were 93 people affected by the power outage.”

Bowers said there was also an isolated case or two of a power outage caused where a transformer went out.

“We expect a heavier-than-usual electricity load due to extreme and extended cold weather,” he said. “There is always a chance of increased electricity load during extreme cold or hot weather. We have actively been working to prepare for that and continue to monitor throughout the year. And if you have purchased extra heaters, don’t overload the circuits and follow the manufacturer’s directions.”

Pell City Fire Chief Mike Burdette said there were no weather-related fires as of Monday afternoon.

“If you are using heaters, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations (proper placement away from walls, etc.) and be sure to keep children and pets away from the heaters,” he said. “And no carbon-burning heaters, such as kerosene heaters or grills, should ever be used inside.”

Burdette said if you don’t have to be outside, make sure to stay inside and warm.

“If you do have to go outside, be sure to wear proper warm clothing and try to limit your exposure,” he said.

Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley said there were a few limbs down Monday but no problems associated with it.

“We won’t have extra patrols, but we will be vigilant and see what the night holds,” he said. “We are working with the street department to coordinate any necessary response to weather-related conditions.”

Kurzejeski said it is important to keep in mind the National Weather Service’s Preparing for the Winter Cold tips which include:

O Make sure your home is well insulated.

O Keep some type of emergency heating equipment available so you can keep at least one room warm enough to be livable.

O Check your supply of heating fuel, but prevent fire hazards due to coal or oil-burning stoves, fireplaces, heaters or furnaces.

O Stock an emergency supply of food/water.

O Keep water pipes from freezing by wrapping them in insulation. Also let faucets drip a little.

O Dress to fit the season. Wear loose, layered clothing.

O Move livestock to sheltered areas. For pets, bring them indoors or provide some form of heat. Provide them with fresh water as well.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.