Deadly Snow And Ice Storm Blankets The US Southeast

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: February 12, 2014 Deadly Snow And Ice Storm Blankets The US Southeast

Deadly Snow And Ice Storm Blankets The US Southeast

Another  major Winter storm that has caused at least 6 deaths unfurled across much of the US Southeast Tuesday, and forecasters warned that ice could cripple road travel and bring widespread power outages in the days ahead.

The storm’s combination of rain, sleet, heavy snow and thick ice across the South is of “historical proportions,” said the National Weather Service office.

“There is the potential for it to be a catastrophic event,” with ice bringing down trees and power lines, said a US weather service meteorologist.

The storm is forecast to reach from eastern Texas to the Carolinas and the Middle Atlantic states by late Wednesday. Heavy snow from the front will hit southern New England by Thursday morning, the weather service said.

Conditions in the South were expected to worsen overnight, with up to an inch of ice predicted in parts of Georgia and central South Carolina.

Two to 6 ins of snow fell in north Georgia Tuesday, with another 6 to 10 ins expected by Thursday morning.

A weather service meteorologist, said ice was the bigger worry, with a quarter to three-quarters of an inch expected in the area that includes metropolitan Atlanta.

The last significant ice storm in that region was in January 2000, when up to half an inch of ice left more than 350,000 people without power. “We’re talking a much larger area and a much larger amount of ice” in this storm, he said.

US President Barack Hussein Obama signed an emergency declaration for Georgia. Governors in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi declared weather emergencies and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order to close state government on Wednesday.

Officials were quick to make plans for dealing with the weather after being criticized for inadequate preparation before a storm 2 wks ago. That storm paralyzed Atlanta area roads and forced more than 11,000 students in Alabama to spend the night at their schools.

Hundreds of schools and offices were closed from Texas to North Carolina Tuesday. More closures were planned for Wednesday.

South Carolina is expected to get up to 1.5 ins of ice over the next 48 hrs. The National Guard was put on alert and shelters prepared in the state.

Amtrak, the US’ passenger rail service, canceled trains in the Southeast and Middle Atlantic states.

About 1,300 US flights were canceled and another 3,500 delayed Tuesday, according to the data.

Stay tuned…

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Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.
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