Chaos in Atlanta after 5 cm of snow falls


SLM
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Chaos in Atlanta after 5 cm of snow falls



David Beasley, Reuters

Jan 29, 2014 , Last Updated: 1:18 PM ET




ATLANTA - Icy chaos gripped the U.S. South on Wednesday after a rare winter storm that killed at least six people, stranded children in their schools overnight and paralyzed travel in several states, including hundreds of flight cancellations at the world's busiest airport.
The storm slammed a region largely unaccustomed to ice and snow - stretching from Texas through Georgia and into the Carolinas on Tuesday and early Wednesday.
In Atlanta, motorists remained trapped in their cars on icy Interstates on Wednesday, some of them having spent as long as 18 hours on the road.


Some 791 traffic accidents were reported in the city but there were no serious injuries, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a Wednesday news conference, adding that the focus was now on rescuing stranded motorists.
"We're going to get those people out of their cars," he said.
At least five deaths in Alabama and one in Georgia were blamed on the storm.
Airlines cancelled thousands of flights at airports from Houston to Atlanta, with some 500 halted early Wednesday alone at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest.



"We are all in this together and we will get through it together," read a statement from police in Anniston, Alabama. "What was to be a simple dusting (of snow) has turned into something more. None of us were prepared."
Forecasters predicted little relief on Wednesday, with temperatures unlikely to rise much above freezing for long enough to thaw ice-covered roads and bridges, before dipping below freezing again early Thursday across the Southeast.
Precipitation was expected to ease later in the morning, and the wintry mix of snow, sleet and ice had moved farther to the East Coast on Wednesday from Georgia up through Maryland, where motorists were warned off the roads and schools were being closed or delayed.



TRAFFIC NIGHTMARES
A Facebook page called "Stranded Motorists Help Jan 28, 2014" which has 9,600 members, already had amassed entries from stranded motorists and volunteers trying to help them after an 18-hour gridlock continued to paralyze the Atlanta metro area.
Echo Garrett of Atlanta said a good friend of hers remained marooned on I-285 Wednesday.
"She's almost out of cell phone battery, no water, no food. No rescue vehicles," Garrett said in a message to Reuters.
Businesses and government in Atlanta, where 1 million people work, dismissed employees all at once early Tuesday afternoon, Reed said, causing the traffic crush.
"It hampered our ability to get our equipment on the ground," Reed said. "If there was one lesson learned in the middle of this challenge, that would be that we need to stagger closings from private sector companies, the government and the school system."
Atlanta school officials said on CNN that forecasts "drastically changed" after students had already been instructed to come to class.
In Birmingham, Alabama, authorities said a lack of warning about the severity of the ice led to thousands being stuck on roads, in shelters and in schools, with snow clearing vehicles having been initially directed south of the city where the ice was expected to hit.

"We proceeded to have school and have people go to their jobs," Mayor William Bell said. "When it came, it was too late."
The roads and Interstates there had begun to clear later Wednesday morning in Birmingham, with no injuries reported and no additional stranded motorists, police said.
Sections of major roadways remained closed in Louisiana near New Orleans, including the 24-mile Causeway Bridge spanning Lake Pontchartrain.
As the ice began to clear in Louisiana, some airlines resumed limited service Wednesday at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after about 24 hours of cancelled flights.
Authorities rescued about 50 school children in Atlanta, whose buses were stranded overnight on an icy roadway, district officials said. Hundreds of other students remained sheltered in schools and other locations.

"We're feeding them, we're watching movies, eating pizza," Principal Matt Rogers of E. Rivers Elementary said of the 95 students staying there. "It's like a sleepover."
In Birmingham, about 800 students remained safe and fed in their schools early Wednesday, Bell said.
"We realize that is not good enough for parents who want to hold their children in their arms," Bell said. "We are doing all we can to reunite children with their parents."

Chaos in Atlanta after 5 cm of snow falls

Okay, so I know this is worse than anything they're used to, but when I read things like this:

Quote:

"She's almost out of cell phone battery, no water, no food. No rescue vehicles," Garrett said in a message to Reuters.

or even this:

Quote:

"We realize that is not good enough for parents who want to hold their children in their arms," Bell said. "We are doing all we can to reunite children with their parents."

I feel the need to remind them that it was just snow that fell, not a bomb.

It's Snow Days, not End of Days folks.
 
EagleSmack
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That must have made you all snicker a bit?
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

That must have made you all snicker a bit?

Not used to snow, it creates a mess.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Not used to snow, it creates a mess.

It sure did.

Here is the horror though...

Chick-fil-A feeds stranded drivers - New York News

The Evil Fast Food Empire!
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

It sure did.

Here is the horror though...

Chick-fil-A feeds stranded drivers - New York News

The Evil Fast Food Empire!

Read this
Georgia officials under fire over snowstorm response
 
taxslave
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I bet there isn't a single snow tire in the entire area. Or chains.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

It sure did.

Here is the horror though...

Chick-fil-A feeds stranded drivers - New York News

The Evil Fast Food Empire!


Good hearts everywhere Eagle. Kudos to them.
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Black ice'll do ya, doesn't matter how good you are.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

It sure did.

Here is the horror though...

Chick-fil-A feeds stranded drivers - New York News

The Evil Fast Food Empire!

Bloody evangelicals helping people when they know it's the gubmint's job.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

I feel the need to remind them that it was just snow that fell, not a bomb.

It's Snow Days, not End of Days folks.

"The world’s endin‘, Atticus! Please do something —!' I dragged him to the window and pointed.
'No it’s not,' he said. 'It’s snowing.'"

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
 
spaminator
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time to call the military.
 
Spade
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Bloody evangelicals helping people when they know it's the gubmint's job.

Ain't Evangelicals; they've been raptured! You still here?
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Chaos in Atlanta after 5 cm of snow falls
Chaos in Atlanta after 5 cm of snow falls

Okay, so I know this is worse than anything they're used to, but when I read things like this:



or even this:



I feel the need to remind them that it was just snow that fell, not a bomb.

It's Snow Days, not End of Days folks.

rofl Snow with summer tires. lotsa fun!
 
WLDB
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Ha. Pretty funny.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

That must have made you all snicker a bit?

That must have made you snicker a bit too, lol.

Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Not used to snow, it creates a mess.

It does, and I can empathize with stranded motorists and not being able to get home. But when it's been hours, you probably don't need to be lamenting running out of food just yet.
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

That must have made you all snicker a bit?


No Canadian who's ever been caught in a snow storm on an open road without mittins or the rest of the winter gear would ever snicker ES. Harper maybe, Baird maybe, yea I guess we do have some pricks.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

That must have made you snicker a bit too, lol.



It does, and I can empathize with stranded motorists and not being able to get home. But when it's been hours, you probably don't need to be lamenting running out of food just yet.

It did.

And I have been stuck on the highway in a storm a few times in my times... nothing this bad. Both were blizzards.
 
B00Mer
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Pussies!!! I'm on my way there now with a load..
 
lone wolf
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I followed a slow-moving Texas-plated rig along Hwy 17 in Ontario slush born of calcium chloride and 4 inches of snowfall. He needed the whole road to be scared on. I stayed well back and snickered....

A whole freeway full of them would be a complete mess.
 

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