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IPR area preparing for strong winter storm

by IPR News

January 31, 2011

A large winter storm is heading towards Indiana … and will drop ice and snow onto the state.

The National Weather Service says a foot of snow could fall on places like Kokomo and Lafayette.  In other areas like Muncie and Anderson, N-W-S predicts an inch of ice could coat the region.  Jason Puma, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says Hoosiers should be prepared for long power outages if the area is coated with ice.

Puma on Power Outages

A January 2005 ice storm produced a half-inch of ice, which downed trees and power lines and left central Indiana residents without power for days.  In Muncie, the Star Press reports that residents are preparing by buying out all available flashlights and batteries.  The paper says that Small Engine Warehouse also sold more than two hundred generators today.  In Anderson, city spokeswoman Tammy Bowman says city officials will meet early tomorrow morning at Anderson Police Department’s Emergency Operations Center.  She says Anderson Municipal Light and Power has added chains to its vehicle tires and called in extra dispatchers for tomorrow.  Red Cross will set up area emergency shelters if the power does go out.

Indiana Public Broadcasting contributed to this report.