Announcement

Potential Severe Weather Outbreak Tomorrow (Thursday 3/14/2019)

Severe Weather Possible Thursday

The potential for severe storms tomorrow (Thursday) is appearing more probable for Madison County and surrounding areas. The threat includes the potential for high winds, hail, and a tornado is not out of the question. Some convective thunderstorms are likely as well as high winds with significant gusts (40-50+) due to the strong lower level Jet that is part of this system. Several factors will likely bring more clarity to the possibility in the morning. The Madison County EMA Warning Division will continue to monitor and will issue an update tomorrow morning as the system approaches.

In advance of possible severe weather tomorrow, now is the time to prepare at home, work and school.

1. Make sure everyone knows the plan for severe weather and where they should seek shelter if necessary.
2. Make sure you have at least two methods to receive severe weather alerts.

All Hazard Alert Radio

A) Text MADISONCOEMA to 888-777 to sign up for EMA’s FREE notification system
B) Purchase an All Hazard Weather Alert Radio and receive your alert from NWS
C) Sign up to receive alerts from any of the TV News Services
D) Watch TV News
E) Follow us on our Social Media Pages

Travel Advisory Issued Sunday Night

Madison County has issued a Travel Advisory for all rural and unincorporated roads in Madison County. Light snow flurries all day combined with freezing temperatures has created very slick road conditions tonight (Sunday). Untreated roads are very slick and hazardous. We expect roads to remain slick over night into tomorrow morning for your commute to work and school . Allow extra time for your commute and be prepared for slick and hazardous roads.

Flood Watch Issued – BE ALERT

A Series of weather systems are expected to bring rain to Central Indiana through Thursday Night. One to three inches of rain will be possible…with locally high amounts. This will likely result in river and stream flooding…as well as flooding in some fields and roads. Areas along and south of I-70 appear to have the best chances higher amounts of rain at this time. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of central Indiana, east central Indiana, south central Indiana, southeast Indiana, southwest Indiana, and west central Indiana, including the following areas, in central Indiana, Bartholomew, Decatur, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Rush, and Shelby. In east central Indiana, Delaware, Henry, and Randolph. In south central Indiana, Brown, Jackson, Lawrence, and Monroe. In southeast Indiana, Jennings. In southwest Indiana, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Martin, and Sullivan. In west central Indiana, Clay, Owen, Putnam, and Vigo.

* From Wednesday evening through late Thursday night

* One to Three inches of rain are expected through Friday morning.

* River Flooding will be likely. Standing water in fields and along some area roads will be possible. This may result in driving difficulties or even possible road closures.

* AFFECTED AREAS: DECATUR … BROWN … RANDOLPH … HENDRICKS … DAVIESS … OWEN … HANCOCK … GREENE … SHELBY … JENNINGS … MADISON … KNOX … DELAWARE … MORGAN … JACKSON … MARTIN … PUTNAM … BARTHOLOMEW … MARION … CLAY … VIGO … HENRY … JOHNSON … SULLIVAN … HAMILTON … MONROE … RUSH … LAWRENCE

Instructions:
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Should a warning be issued…be prepared to turn around and don’t drown. Never drive your vehicle into floodwaters.

Winter Storm 1/19/2019 and 1/20/19 Blog

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1/20/19 4:00 PM

Madison County has lowered the travel status to a Travel ADVISORY.

All county main roads and secondary roads have been cleared in the rural unincorporated areas of Madison County. All neighborhoods have been plowed except for 20 they are working on now. Intersections and bridges have been salted and sanded.
Main roads are mostly clear, secondary have some packed snow and can be hazardous especially tonight when snow that has melted re-freezes, however they are all passable with some caution.

Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for Madison County tonight thru 12:00 PM Monday.

* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to noon EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Instructions:
A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

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An orange level Travel Watch has been issued for unincorporated roads in Madison County, effective Saturday evening until further notice. A Travel Watch means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations. Unincorporated roads are those roads maintained by Madison County, usually roads outside cities and towns.

Strong winds will cause additional traffic hazards. Use extra caution when traveling and if possible stay off the roads so street crews can clear snow from the pavement. Businesses, Churches and other organizations should implement emergency action plans while the county is under a Travel Watch.

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1/19/19 12:00 PM

The rain has continued much longer than forecasters anticipated this morning across Madison County north of I-70. Currently trees, power lines, and untreated surfaces are coated with ice throughout all of Madison County. The temperature ranges from 31F in the south to 28F in northern Madison County. We anticipate the rain to change over to all snow by 3:00PM today. The forecast for snow has dropped to 3-5″ for Madison County BUT we have picked up more icing than originally anticipated . The rain is expected to freeze on road surfaces once the snow changes over creating very slick conditions going into tonight.

Madison County is under a TRAVEL ADVISORY for all rural unincorporated roads in the county. We encourage citizens to limit travel and stay home if you do not need to be on the road.

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1/18/2019 4:00 PM Update
* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Locally higher amounts of snow are possible Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. (Some forecasts are still calling for 8-10″ possibly as much as 14″ of snow in isolated areas).

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 4 AM Saturday to 4 AM EST Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

* AFFECTED AREAS: DELAWARE … BOONE … RANDOLPH … TIPTON … CARROLL … TIPPECANOE … CLINTON … HAMILTON … HOWARD … MONTGOMERY … MADISON … WARREN … FOUNTAIN

Instructions:
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible. The latest road conditions for Indiana can be obtained by calling 1 800 2 6 1 7 6 2 3

Here are some important WINTER WEATHER LINKS to other agencies and information
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1/18/19 8:00 AM Update

24 hours out from the onset of the winter storm, there is still considerable uncertainty in the amount of snow for the area.

Here is what we are certain about:

-Wind speeds of 18-20 mph with gusts into the low to mid 30’s Saturday and Saturday night before settling to 8-10 mph on Sunday.

-Freezing rain may appear at onset for a while but appears not to be a problem for Madison County.

-The precipitation should begin early Saturday and be over by the early hours Sunday. (Winter Storm Watch expires at 4:00 AM)

-Low temperatures Sunday and Monday morning seem to be moderated some but there is not total agreement. It’s fair to say that both Sunday and Monday morning will be near single digits if not reaching zero. (Windchills will likely push our temps below zero)

The uncertainty involves the snowfall amounts for the County. The NWS has just released a 5” prediction for Madison County, which follows one of the models pretty close. Other models that were pretty accurate last week have 7-9” and one run this morning is showing 12+”.

It seems certain that Madison County will have a significant weather event tomorrow and that preparation is important. The amount of snow that will complicate the situation is still in flux. Warning will update later today should any clearer picture evolve. Indications this morning are that significant icing should not occur.

No is the time citizens should be preparing for this winter weather event. Preparations should include:

– Making sure you have adequate supply of food and water
– Fuel up your vehicle
– Charge portable battery powered devices
– Check flashlights
– Make sure you have adequate medicine
– Bring pets indoors
– Find your shovel and have it ready for after the storm
– Make sure you have jumper cables, blankets, and other cold weather gear in your car.

Be Prepared!

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1/17/19 3:00PM
Winter storm watch in effect from late friday night through late saturday night

What: heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Where: portions of central, east central, north central and west central indiana.
When from late friday night through late saturday night.

Additional details travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
Instructions

A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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1/17/2019 UPDATE 8:00 AM

The following summarizes our best estimates of what Madison County can expect as this winter storm pushes through:

-8” of snow that is likely to begin by noon on Saturday with the heavy snow ending by late Saturday night to early Sunday morning.

-a strip of freezing rain is likely just to our S which could lessen snow amounts should the track move further N. The ice potential appears to be a tenth or so on the margin of the snow band.

-Steady winds of 20 mph with gusts into the low 30’s is likely from Saturday morning through the early hours Sunday with calmer 9-10 mph winds by daybreak Sunday.

-Temperatures in the upper 20’s during the day Saturday with falling temperatures Saturday night to about 9 F by Sunday daybreak with a high on Sunday of 14 F and a low Monday morning of about -4 F below zero. The good news is that temps should warm to the mid 30’s Tuesday afternoon.

Right now it appears that 12+” of snow is likely to our NE across OH.

Considering the snow amounts that are possible along with the winds, drifting snow is likely in the county making travel very difficult with whiteout conditions possible at times Saturday. Warning will continue to monitor and expect to issue an update Friday morning.

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Advisory: Winter Weather Advisory until 10:00AM Thursday

* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 4 AM to 10 AM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

* AFFECTED AREAS: DELAWARE … BOONE … MORGAN … VERMILLION … DECATUR … PUTNAM … MARION … RANDOLPH … HENDRICKS … TIPTON … CARROLL … TIPPECANOE … HANCOCK … CLINTON … HENRY … JOHNSON … SHELBY … HAMILTON … HOWARD … MONTGOMERY … PARKE … WARREN … MADISON … RUSH … FOUNTAIN

Instructions:

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for Indiana can be obtained by calling 1 800 2 6 1 7 6 2 3

Winter Weather Information

A significant winter storm this weekend with heavy snow is possible across the midwest including Madison County. In addition to significant winter storm, winds are expected to gust 30-40 MPH while temperatures drop into single digits. It is early in the week, forecasters are still watching the track of the storm which could shift north or south impacting snow and ice totals. At this time, we do believe accumulating snow will arrive mid to late Saturday into Sunday. Now is the time to prepare your vehicle and home for the POSSIBILITY of a major winter storm.

We will keep this page active for winter storm updates this week. We encourage you to bookmark this link for your winter weather authority – Todd PIO

Winter Weather Information

…Another Winter Storm may Impact Central Indiana this Weekend… 1/19/2019

…Another Winter Storm may Impact Central Indiana this Weekend…

A Winter storm may push out of the southern plains on Friday
night and push across Kentucky on Saturday. This may result in
another significant accumulating snow for Central Indiana on
Saturday and Saturday Night.
It remains too soon to determine specific snowfall amounts.
However…current forecast models suggest accumulating snow…that
could result in snow covered roads and surfaces and difficult
travel conditions.
There is still uncertainty in the forecast. The timing and the
path of the storm could change in later forecasts. People should
stay aware of the forecast and be prepared for the possibility of
more snow on Saturday.

Why is EMA Closing MY Road?

It’s 5:30 PM on Friday night and you are heading home from work ready to start the weekend with your family and relax on the couch watching TV. As you approach your final turn down your street, there it is, an EMA car has the road blocked with a sign that says “Road Closed”. This scene is common around Madison County as members of the Field Support Team for EMA direct traffic to support local law enforcement, and fire agencies when called upon. The road may be closed due to an accident, fire, SWAT situation, utility wires down on the road or many other reasons, but the one thing you know for sure, the road is closed for your safety. As you approach an emergency vehicle blocking the road, you should slow your speed, be alert to traffic and watch for emergency crews directing traffic. Often times, EMA personnel are out directing traffic helping motorists choose the best, safest and most direct route to detour around the incident.

In 2017, EMA Field Support Team volunteers logged over 6,000 hours (so far for 2018, EMA volunteers have logged over 7,500 hours) mostly directing traffic to support police and fire departments around Madison County. You may see our vehicles on state highways, the interstate, on county roads as well as in the city. EMA responds into the City of Anderson, Elwood, or any other community in Madison County when called upon. Currently EMA Field Support Team consists of approximately 20 members who are available at different times during the day and week. Many of our volunteers have full-time jobs, families and other commitments they must work around. Just like a volunteer firefighter, when the pager goes off, our volunteers jump into action leaving their families at dinner, church, or other gatherings.

The Field Support Team has 7 fully marked state certified emergency vehicles in their fleet. The rest of our volunteers drive their personal vehicles to the scene to close the road and provide traffic control. These 7 fully marked EMA vehicles are certified by the Indiana Department of Transportation as “Emergency Response Vehicles”. This is important to our agency because Indiana State law requires motorists to yield to an emergency vehicle when it is approaching with its emergency lights and audible siren activated. When an EMA vehicle is running “signal 10”, with its lights and siren activated, you are required by law to move to the right and yield the right of way to these vehicles, just like a police car, firetruck or an ambulance. The law also states, if an emergency vehicle is parked blocking a road, the approaching vehicle must slow down to a speed of 10 miles per hours UNDER the posted speed limit and follow any posted traffic control signs. Periodically our volunteers deal with motorists who swerve around road closed signs and our emergency vehicles thinking they can get through the scene. Violation of these laws can result in the motorist being issued a traffic citation and being summonsed to court by law enforcement.

The Field Support Team division has grown over the years to provide traffic and crowd control as well as setting up landing zones for medical helicopters landing on the scene of accidents. The members of the Field Support Team have monthly meetings, as well as train monthly to provide a professional level of service we have grown accustomed to. “We train regularly to ensure our members are safe and can handle nearly any type of scenario they are presented with”, said Tom Ecker, Executive Director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. In total, EMA has nearly 100 volunteers trained in several different specializations to support emergency services during times of large emergencies, and disasters which may impact Madison County, IN. To learn more about EMA and our volunteers, check out the Madison Co EMA website.

Situation Update – MADISON Co Indiana

11/16/18

10:00 AM – Travel Status returned to NORMAL

8:00 AM – 743 without power in Madison County.

11/15/2018

9:00 PM 2,000 customers without power.

5:30 PM Utility crews from all of the companies continue to work FTO restore power throughout MADISON County. Since 8:00 AM this morning, nearly 7,000 customers have had their power restored. Utility crews will continue to work throughout the night. According to the City of Anderson FB Page, Community Hospital and St. Vincent Regional Anderson Hospital will be open 8P-8A overnight as warming centers for anyone who does not have electricity and heat. They ask citizens to enter thru the Emergency Department.

5:15 PM Madison Co Customers without power: 2,500 estimated.

11:16 The City of Anderson released a statement on FB stating they should have all power restored by midnight. The City of Anderson is also listing warming centers open at Salvation Army, Anderson Hospital’s, and Christian Center. reference City of Anderson FB Page

10:30. Anderson City Hall is closed today due to no power.
EMA units continue to direct traffic at several different locations in Anderson due to traffic lights out. Motorists should treat all intersection where the power is out as a 4 way stop.

6:30 AM TRAVEL ADVISORY for rural unincorporated portions of MADISON County

5:15 PM Madison Co Customers without power: 2,500 estimated.

School Closing and Delays Friday

EMA units are currently directing traffic at several locations in Anderson due to the power outage.
7:45 all EMA units in service, stop lights in Anderson are back on.
8:00 EMA units are back out at several locations in Anderson directing traffic due to the power outage. Motorists are reminded to treat all blacked out stop lights as a 4 way stop intersection.

Madison County Central Dispatch is reminding citizens NOT to dial 911 to report power outages. Please contact your local utility company to report the outage.

Utility Company Contact Numbers

Anderson L&P- 644-6484
AEP – 800-311-4634
Duke – 800-343-3525

Anderson City Hall is closed due to the power outage.

Use Caution Driving Due to Ponding of Water on Roads

With heavy rainfall Wednesday and today, rural roads have areas of ponding water on them. Use caution when driving after dark especially when flooded roads are more difficult to see. Earlier today, Pendleton Fire Department had to rescue people from this car, because they thought they could drive thru flood waters.

Remember to Turn Around Don’t Drown if you see water across the roadway. Going the extra mile is worth it, it may just save your life. (Photo courtesy of The Herald Bulletin)

Photo Courtesy of The Herald Bulletin

IPAWS National Test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS)

The National EAS and WEA test will be held on Wednesday October 3, 2018, beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test.

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

During the test, this is a good opportunity to discuss your emergency preparedness plans with co-workers, family members, students and others who may be with you during the test. Preparedness is everyones responsibility and this is a good time to test your preparedness plans. For more information on disaster preparedness, check out Ready.gov.

National Test of the Emergency Alert System Rescheduled for Oct. 3, 2018

Due to the ongoing response to Hurricane Florence, the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts will now be conducted on the backup date of Oct. 3, 2018.

Oct. 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set for Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. The WEA portion of the test will start at 2:18 p.m. EDT on Oct. 3, and the EAS portion will follow at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test, being held in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

For further information on the test, go to www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.