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Gov. Whitmer issues state of emergency

January 30, 2019
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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an order declaring a state of emergency in Michigan amid dangerous sub-zero weather.

Whitmer said yesterday her move will harness government resources and ensure the public "understands the seriousness" of the once-in-a-generation cold snap.

She visited the Cristo Rey Community Center in Lansing, a warming house for residents. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said the city's homeless shelters are "overloaded."

Whitmer has also activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate efforts by state agencies and local governments.

Wind-chill factors may drop to as low as negative 45 degrees between through Thursday morning.

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