blizzard http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's governor declares energy emergency http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-declares-energy-emergency <div align="left"><p>Gov. Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in the state due to a temporary heating oil and propane shortage.</p><p></p><p>The shortage was caused by a huge spike in demand due to the extreme cold and heavy snowfalls that delayed deliveries.</p><p></p><p>The governor's order suspends regulations on how many hours and how many consecutive days the fuel delivery drivers can work.</p><p></p><p>The order will in effect until January 31st unless the Governor rescinds it earlier.</p></div><p></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:46:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15978 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor declares energy emergency Cold snap causing health problems in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/cold-snap-causing-health-problems-michigan <p>Michigan hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers are seeing patients who’ve been injured during this cold snap.</p><p></p><p>Dr. Scott Lazzara is an urgent care physician at McLaren Greater Lansing. &nbsp;He says he’s seen a lot of slip and falls.</p><p></p><p>“We’re seeing a lot of people who are falling, breaking their wrist, hurting their back, spraining their ankles,” says Lazzara.</p><p></p><p>Lazzara says people are so bundled up to fight the cold their vision is impaired and they're less able to avoid slipping and falling.</p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:17:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 15904 at http://michiganradio.org Cold snap causing health problems in Michigan Michigan digging out as arctic blast sends temps falling http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-digging-out-arctic-blast-sends-temps-falling <p>As Michigan descends into an arctic freeze, many cities and towns are struggling to clean up after Sunday’s big snowstorm.</p><p>“It’s just too dangerous for city residents to be outdoors,” Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero told reporters at a news conference today.</p><p>Bernero said many residential streets in Lansing are “impassable.”</p><p>“As we all remember from the 2011 storm, it takes a minimum of a couple days to clear all 440 miles of roads in the city,” Bernero said. “It will take at least a couple days this time as well. So we ask city residents to please be patient. Be safe.”</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:25:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 15894 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan digging out as arctic blast sends temps falling Up to 15 inches snow predicted for Michigan, then temps plunge to -15 http://michiganradio.org/post/15-inches-snow-predicted-michigan-then-temps-plunge-15 <p>DETROIT (AP) - The harshest winter conditions in 20 years are heading for Michigan's Lower Peninsula, with up to 15 inches of snow forecast for parts of the state followed by temperatures diving as low as minus 15.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/">National Weather Service</a> predicts "the coldest temperatures Southeast Michigan has experienced in about 20 years."<br /><br />It says snowfall will total 8-15 inches by late Sunday and a drop in temperatures of up to 45 degrees by Monday.<br /><br />Michigan residents have been crowding stores seeking supplies.<br /> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 18:39:06 +0000 The Associated Press 15884 at http://michiganradio.org Up to 15 inches snow predicted for Michigan, then temps plunge to -15 Michigan's homeless shelters prepare for overflow http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-homeless-shelters-prepare-overflow <p>Homeless shelters from Grand Rapids to Detroit are gearing up for a busy couple of days this week.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/winter-storm-approaching">major winter storm</a> that's headed our way is expected to dump around a foot of snow across the state, and <a href="http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=MI&amp;prodtype=state">temperatures</a> will be around 20 degrees for the next several days.</p><p>The city of <a href="http://cityoflansingmi.com/">Lansing</a> is coordinating with its homeless shelters to make sure no one is turned away. Joan Jackson Johnson directs the city’s <a href="http://cityoflansingmi.com/hrcs/index.jsp">Community Services</a> department:<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p>"What we’re doing is providing any extra resources the shelters may need -&nbsp; from food to blankets. We’ve authorized one shelter to go out and purchase some emergency air mattresses for their shelter because this is their first time expanding for the overflow population."</p></blockquote><p>Johnson says they’re prepared to house people in a hotel if they run out of room at the shelters. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 21:10:28 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1120 at http://michiganradio.org