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Indiana Governor deploys National Guard storm response teams

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According to a 9:00 a.m. Indiana Department of Homeland Security press release Indiana Governor Mike Pence has directed the Indiana National Guard to mobilize Highway Assistance Teams. This staging is in response to the heavy snow and extremely cold temperatures forecast for the state.

A total of 96 Guard members have been assigned to 24 teams comprised of four individuals and two vehicles. The Highway Assistance Teams are available to rescue stranded motorists and transporting citizens to shelters. In addition, these teams will also assist local emergency responders in reaching individuals who may need medical attention.

A dangerous winter storm is barreling through the Ohio River Valley. Currently sleet and freezing rain is falling south of the Indianapolis metro area, with heavy snow falling in Indy and points north. The forecast is calling for heavy snow throughout the areas with totals approaching 12 inches by midnight tonight.

Adding to the threat is the extreme cold due to hit overnight. Temperatures will plunge to sub-zero readings. Those temperatures, coupled with high winds will drop wind chill temperatures to as low as -40 degrees. The life threatening temperatures will continue until Tuesday.

Indiana National Guard Armories deploying teams include those in Lebanon, Johnson County, Shelbyville, Indianapolis, Richmond, Brazil, Columbus, Seymour, Scottsburg, New Albany, and Terre Haute. Additional resources will be deployed if required, according to the IDHS press release.