A winter storm has paralyzed the Deep South, leaving residents stranded and overturned cars in the ditches.
The winter weather has gotten so bad in the metro area of Atlanta that the National Guard has been called in to deal with the situation. Some residents remained trapped in their cars overnight and many children were stranded at schools across the city. Highways have turned into parking lots, as Atlanta residents ditch their cars and/or run their cars into ditches. Apparently when they were told to stay off the road, they took it literally…
Tuesday night rush-hour traffic combined with the winter snowstorm led to gridlock and wrecks throughout the interstates. As of Tuesday night, the Georgia State Patrol said it had investigated 940 crashes resulting in one death, 104 injuries, and one birth. Gridlock on the streets of Atlanta was so bad that a police officer had to deliver a baby on a snowy highway.
The rest of the Deep South (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina) were also affected by the monster snowstorm. Police reported that at least five people were killed and 23 people injured due to weather-related accidents in Alabama on Tuesday.
Yikes. There must have been a lot of snow! Nope, barely three inches of snow caused the chaos, sending Minnesotans and Canadians everywhere into uncontrollable laughter. But the typically warm-weather region, where many cities do not even have snow loughs, salt trucks, or experienced drivers with winter tires, is at a loss for what to do. Not driving into the ditch would be a good start… other than that, just make sure you CHECK THE WEATHER and prepare for it.