News to Know (2/15/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a state of disaster emergency due to the wind chill warnings and stress on utility and natural gas providers. Kansas has experinced extreme low temperatures and below zero wind chill for more then a week. This declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria.

JOPLIN, Mo. – With the extreme cold Spire is asking it’s Missouri customers to conserve energy due to a significant increase in natural gas demand across the midwest. Spire asks customers to turn thermostats down a few degrees and limit your use of natural gas fireplaces. Liberty Utilities in Joplin has issued a peak alert as well, They’re asking customers to conserve energy throughout the day particularly between 6 and 10 am and then 4 to 7 pm.

JOPLIN, Mo. – With our current extremely cold temperatures, there now are some warming centers open in the area. One of those is the Byers Avenue United Methodist church in Joplin. Officials there say they can only host ten people at a time due to Covid-19 restrictions. They’ve had a number of items donated to help those that are in need of shelter, including food and blankets.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Five people from Joplin were injured in a single vehicle crash on I-44 in Rogers County, Oklahoma. Authorities say a car driven by 18 year old Dayvon Reed of Joplin was heading west on I-44 on the exit ramp to u-s 412 when the car left the roadway and struck a tree on the drivers side. The driver, and four passengers, ages 15 to 21 were injured.

What’s the weather looking like in your area?