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Atlanta, US South Frozen By Pax

Posted 2/12/2014 9:00 am by
This is the new reality for the US south:  frozen death.

This is the new reality for the US south: frozen death.

In case you’ve forgotten, the US South doesn’t know how to deal with winter weather.  The further south you go, the worse the ability to handle ice and snow is, because there’s no need for a plow when your winter bottoms out at 40 typically and you get snow and ice worth treating once or twice a year.  It was two weeks ago that Atlanta got crippled by a winter storm, causing traffic to back up for days and to force people to stay at work, schools, and at temporary shelters.  Now, it’s happening again.  Another ice storm is going to hit Atlanta, dropping up to an inch of ice in some places and dumping double-digit snow falls in others on its way up the east coast.

“There will be disruption,” warned Weather Channel lead meteorologist Kevin Roth.  “The whole region will be in a deep freeze.  This would have been bad timing for the morning commute, but with so many people heeding the warnings to stay home, there should be less disruption.  A lot of people might work from home – that is, if their power stays on,” he added.

This storm, named Pax by the Weather Channel, has caused most of the US south to shelter at home and avoid traveling.  Probably a wise decision after what happened last time.  Some 91 Georgia counties declared a state of emergency with hundreds of National Guard standing by and 65 bases being set up as temporary shelter as ice is expected to bring down trees and knock out power across the region.  Also declaring a state of emergency were North and South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, all of which are expected to be hit hard by the ice storm.

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