Capitol Building, Jan. 28, 2019 | Michael Gerstein
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a formal order declaring a state of emergency in Michigan.
The measure, which she said she will file Tuesday morning with the Secretary of State, is designed to help address threats to public health and safety related to the extreme winter weather conditions across forecast for Michigan’s 83 counties over the next several days.
In a tweet Monday night, Whitmer wrote: “I am declaring a state of emergency to respond to the impacts of the extreme cold temperatures. Keeping Michiganders safe during this stretch of dangerously cold temperatures is our priority.”
I am declaring a state of emergency to respond to the impacts of the extreme cold temperatures. Keeping Michiganders safe during this stretch of dangerously cold temperatures is our priority. pic.twitter.com/DBLvA2sgW7
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) January 29, 2019
Whitmer also announced she activated the State Emergency Operations Center at Michigan State Police headquarters. The center coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government during disasters or emergencies.
Extreme arctic cold has attacked the Midwest, including Michigan, and is expected to create dangerously cold wind chills and sub-zero temperatures throughout the state. Tomorrow’s high temperature in Detroit is forecast at -3 degrees; 0 degrees in Lansing; and 2 degrees in Traverse City.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind chill warning from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 1 p.m. Thursday, advising that wind chill temperatures could plummet to -40 in “much of interior of Michigan.”
“The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.” the NWS warned.
Whitmer closed state offices at 10 a.m. Monday, while the state House and other county and city offices in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula called a rare snow day.
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