Snowstorm Leaves Southerners Stranded
It’s no secret that this winter has been one for the record books. Between the polar vortex and record-setting freezing temperatures, it seems as though we just can’t catch a break.
While parts of the United States are accustomed to dealing with harsh weather, the South got a bitter taste of Mother Nature on Tuesday when a storm dumped a few inches of snow in cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham.
Thousands of Southerners were stranded Tuesday night–commuters were stuck in their cars, while students spent the night at schools with their teachers. Others, however, sought shelter wherever they could find it–whether it be a church or grocery store. There were also fatal crashes and various car accidents.
But it didn’t have to be that way. This is not the first time Atlanta has found itself unprepared to handle winter weather. The snowstorm of 2011 nearly paralyzed the city. So what went wrong this time?
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted Wednesday morning:
We know you want to get home, and we are going to work all day until you can return safely.
— Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) January 29, 2014
On Tuesday, however, he’d sent this tweet:
Atlanta, we are ready for the snow. For useful numbers and information, make sure you read our press release: http://t.co/wogjK34YjT
— Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) January 28, 2014
(Define “ready,” Mayor Reed.)
Meanwhile, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the National Guard “was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta’s snarled freeways to try to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people,” according to the Associated Press.
Hopefully, Southern officials have learned a lesson in winter preparedness this time around and this sort of travesty won’t happen again.
YOUR TURN: Were you affected by the Southern snowstorm? Let us know in the comments!