Al Roker Blasts Georgia Governor and Mayor

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NBC Weather Anchor Al Roker

Al Roker and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal have a beef that is being played out in the national media and Twitterverse. Atlanta was hit with a snow and ice storm that shutdown  the city and had a cascade effect on transportation in the southeast. At issue is the level of preparation of Georgia agencies and the level of response. Georgia failed miserably on both aspects. During a press conference on Tuesday, Deal directly contradicted the head of  Georgia Emergency Management Agency about when it was clear an emergency was imminent.

Al Roker took exception to what the governor said.

“The mayor and the governor got on TV and said “Oh, this wasn’t expected,’ and that’s not true.  “We were talking about this Monday that this was going to happen. They took a gamble; they didn’t want to pre-treat the road. I don’t think they wanted to spend the money and do what they needed to … this was poor planning on the mayor’s  part and the governor’s part pure and simple … the roads are gridlocked and it’s a shame.”

Roker went on to write  an open letter to Atlanta meteorologists. In that letter  he stated once again it was not the forecasters but the officials who were to blame for not understanding the weather advisory system.

“One observation that has become apparent to me is that the public and perhaps some policy officials may not fully understand that a Watch, Warning, or Advisory has very specific meanings. They are not just generic ‘hey, be on alert’ or ‘hey, get ready’ warnings,” Roker wrote.

Because of the lack of preparedness thousands of people were stuck sleeping in their cars overnight and children had to sleep in schools across the Atlanta metro and outlying areas. The last time an ice storm of this magnitude occurred was in 2011, when Atlanta was shut down for four days. After the 2011 storm, promises were made that the city and state would be more prepared for future storms. Despite these promises and the purchase of  new snowplows by the city of Atlanta, it still was not enough.

Written Mo Barnes

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Baby Born on Icy Atlanta Interstate (Snow Day Gone Wrong)

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SNOW DAY GONE WRONG   has impacted everyone, even the unborn Atlanta citizens. While  couple inches of snow and ice have brought Atlanta commuters to a halt, one baby girl decided she just couldn’t wait.

 The AJC  reports: Her parents were on the way to the hospital, but couldn’t make it fast enough due to treacherous road conditions, according to the Sandy Springs Police Department.

Instead, the baby’s father and a traffic officer helped the mother deliver the baby — inside a car on I-285.

Mom and baby were fine, and paramedics were dispatched to the area to take the family to the hospital, police said.

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It seems like De Ja Vu  for Atlanta,Georgia, in 2011 the city was shut down for a week. Now, less than five years later, the highways are in gridlock for almost 24 hours,, children  are stranded in school, drivers sleeping in stores, cars pile up on the side of the road, and social media is a buzz about the lack of preparation by the Governor of Georgia and DOT. Winter Storm Leon brought Atlanta to a virtual standstill , as thousands of commuters clogged snowy roadways desperately trying to get home.


When a dusting of snow triggers an epic traffic jam, stranding motorists and school kids on interstates for hours, there’s something very wrong with this picture.

Two inches of snow isn’t supposed to turn highways into campsites. Backups aren’t supposed to last all day, through the night, and into the following morning.

And yet, here they we are — hundreds of motorists across Georgia — still hunched over in their cars Wednesday morning, feeling the aftereffects of a snow shower that hit the states more than 12 hours earlier (Fox 8 Cleveland)

The traffic delays were a shock to many – one WSB-TV anchor called the situation “bizarre” – because the city’s schools and government offices chose not to close early in advance of the storm.

After thousands of commuters flooded the highways at once, many Atlanta motorists spent hours stranded in their cars on the interstate and some even ditched their vehicles on the side of the road and walked.


At least 50 shelters have opened across the state to provide shelter for people stranded or gridlocked on the roads. Home Depot stores also announced that they are staying open Tuesday night to provide shelter for stranded motorists.  A Facebook group dubbed SnowedOutAtlanta, meant to connect stranded motorists with people willing to put them up for the night, had thousands of members by Tuesday night. While sub groups for various parts of the city was created by Wednesday morning.

Some Facebook Posts from the group is dishearting ..

6:30 a.m. “Anyone near six flags parkway on I-20 have food or water? My 1 1/2 year old twins just woke up, and we will have to figure something out with that!”-April Burgess

Politicians actually have the nerve to try to delete posts from stranded drivers, complaining about the poor response…
ADMINS be aware that the politicians are trying to become admins in this group so that they can “delete unneeded posts”.
Do NOT allow them to-Michelle Sollicito


With a high of only 36 degrees forecasted for Metro Atlanta today, abandoned vehicles and icy roadways will continue to snag travel Wednesday and  make it difficult for stranded motorists to get home.

“I’m eight months pregnant and have my 3-year-old with me,” Atlanta-area resident Katie Norman Horne said on “SnowedOutAtlanta,” a Facebook page set up to help stranded motorists.

“We’ve been in the car for over 12 hours. We are fine on gas but is anyone near on the road and might happen to have any food or some water?

There have been 940 confirmed accidents in Atlanta, more than 100 of them involving injuries, the Georgia public safety commissioner said.

Everyone had been warned. Atlanta was expecting 1-2 inches. But people did not heed the forecast.

In the morning, when the snow had not arrived, people went to work and school, like nothing was coming.

Then it did….

Motorists panicked at around the same time in the afternoon. They clogged the streets en masse just as they began icing over.

In the end 2-3.5 inches hit central Georgia. That may not sound like much, but it’s usually how much snow falls in the region in a whole year, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

Motorists thought they could deal with it. They couldn’t. The spin-outs began. (Fox 8 Cleveland)