America is getting iced – and not kind that ends with a Smirnoff Ice, but the kind that ends with a lot of motor vehicle accidents.
Turns out Punxsutawney Phil wasn’t kidding around – winter is far from over. A “catastrophic” ice storm currently wreaking havoc in the southern states is set to pay a visit to the north.
After icing parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, the ice storm made its debut in Georgia on Wednesday morning. Atlanta, a city that was notoriously unprepared for the 2.5 inches of snow they experienced back in January, isn’t taking any chances this time. The metro area of Atlanta is preparing for its worst ice storm in 14 years. How? By instilling fear in its residents!
“This is one of Mother Nature’s worst kinds of storms that can be inflicted on the South,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “That is ice. It is our biggest enemy.”
Ice is Georgia’s biggest enemy? I thought it was Obamacare and rotten peaches…
The National Weather Service also warned Georgians of a potentially “catastrophic event” and to “be prepared to be without power in some locations for days and perhaps as long as a week.”
“Catastrophic… crippling… paralyzing… choose your adjective,” an Atlanta area forecaster wrote in a Wednesday morning report for the National Weather Service. “This is a very, very big deal, especially from metro Atlanta east along the I-20 corridor.”
It seems the fear is working though. This time around residents appear to be taking the warnings seriously, with many seen emptying grocery store shelves, getting gas, and filling their trunks with salt.
Meanwhile, North Carolina and Virginia are bracing for up to 1ft (30cm) of snow in addition to heavy ice accumulation from freezing rain. On Thursday the deep freeze is expected to hit New York with 6 to 10 inches of snow, allowing newly elected mayor Bill de Blasio to redeem his “slow snow clearing” reputation.