At least a fifth of the nation’s governors have issued states of emergency due to the Winter storm battering the East Coast.

By Thursday morning, there were winter storm warnings in at least 18 states from Georgia to Maine, according to the National Weather Service. More than a foot of snow was forecast for parts of the lower Northeast, while hundreds of thousands of homes were without power in the Southeast. And drivers abandoned cars in North Carolina, just as some Georgians had done during an earlier storm this winter.

From Louisiana to New Jersey, governors have been issuing state of emergency declarations over the past few days in anticipation of the storm. Here’s a roundup of what they said when issuing them:


“[S]chools have been closed in numerous Northern parishes due to the hazards posed by this extreme winter weather, and these winter weather conditions threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the State of Louisiana.” — Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)


“Mississippi has seen its share of winter weather lately, but now is not the time to become weather weary. Residents should not overreact but should make plans now to ensure they are prepared for a variety of conditions, including prolonged freezing temperatures, icy roadways and accumulations of ice and winter precipitation.” — Gov. Phil Bryant (R)


“By issuing a State of Emergency, we are taking precautions to protect Alabamians. I have directed all state agencies to take necessary actions to be prepared to respond to the anticipated winter conditions across northern Alabama. We will actively monitor the storm as it begins to hit the state, and are prepared to respond to any requests for assistance.” — Gov. Robert Bentley (R)


“We are a resilient state. We are a resilient people. And we will bounce back,” said Deal, adding: “Life will return to normal as soon as this storm is over with.” — Gov. Nathan Deal (R), according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

South Carolina

“We are now in the brunt of the storm. … The numbers and the conditions look like it’s going to be worse than the storm of 2004 when we had 200,000 [power] outages.” — Gov. Nikki Haley (R)

North Carolina

“It is going to be a tough 48 hours. Heavy snow, ice and gusty winds are predicted across the state today and tomorrow, which could bring downed trees and power lines and create hazardous travel conditions.” — Gov. Pat McCrory (R)


“Just as state government is preparing for this storm, I urge every Virginian to take proper preparations. Prepare to limit unnecessary travel during the storm, have emergency supplies on hand and be ready in the event that power in your area goes out.” — Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D)


“It’s been a long winter for many Maryland families. … Once again we ask our residents to be prepared, avoid travel if at all possible, and remember to keep an eye on relatives, friends and neighbors.” — Gov. Martin O’Malley (D)


“We strongly encourage drivers who do not need to travel to delay or refrain from being on the road.” — Gov. Jack Markell (D)


“I urge those in the storm’s path to make sure they are prepared if they lose power.” — Gov. Tom Corbett (R)

New Jersey

“I encourage all New Jerseyans to drive carefully and remain off the roads if possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations.” — Gov. Chris Christie (R)