How Not To Deal With Inclement Weather   Leave a comment

In most parts of the U.S. where inclement winter weather regularly occurs, there are reams of procedures and steps that states and localities will take to protect, as best as they can, the citizens from said inclement weather….then there’s most parts of the American South, where apparently an inch or two of snow is enough to grind everything to a halt. Case in point: Atlanta, where apparently right as the snowy skies opened up, so did every business, school and public facility in the entire Metro Atlanta region…quoting:

Thousands of drivers were hopelessly stuck for a second day Wednesday, many without food and water, on paralyzed interstates around Atlanta after a winter storm appeared to take the city by surprise.

State and local authorities had no estimate for how many people were stuck, but they said jackknifed 18-wheelers were causing a problem on freeways that were still slick with ice. Some people abandoned their cars altogether and walked to warmth and shelter.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the National Guard to clear the way for school buses that were carefully delivering schoolchildren back to their homes after thousands of them were marooned overnight. All of them were “home safe and sound” by late Wednesday afternoon, Deal said.(NBC News)

Now, as the news item opits, this wasn’t Atlanta’s worst storm, by any measurable standard…what turned everything so batshit crazy down there was how they prepared (or didn’t prepare) for it:

It wasn’t close to the worst storm in Atlanta’s history — only about 2½ inches of snow fell — but authorities said hundreds of thousands of people all at once tried to head home from work or school Tuesday afternoon, jamming the roads.

Deal said that state workers were ordered home on Tuesday afternoon but that he had had no control over what private businesses and schools decided to do.

“It’s like someone blew a whistle and everyone left at the same time,” he said.

The kicker to all that: when he was later asked, according to most news reports, Gov. Deal blamed the weather forecasters for not getting it right.

To borrow a saying, “What the hell are you smoking, Governor Deal?” Even Pat McCrory, who’s not the most popular person up here in the Tarheel State, got it right: from where I live in Western N.C., I can see two of the region’s major highways, Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 70, from my home and I can tell you there were plenty of snow plows, salt & slag trucks and other assorted vehicles that passed by over the course of yesterday’s winter storm..but then there’s Atlanta and how not to deal with inclement weather.

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Posted January 29, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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