The storm is still going. Primarily snow here in the mountains, freezing rain down in the center of the state. Fortunately, Fox 5 is running continuous coverage of the storm. Power outages are increasing, with about 200,000 homes and businesses off the grid now. I got a comment from a person in Maryland who told me that Pennsylvania is having problems of their own with power outages and couldn't send help, so that's a mitigating circumstance. We still have help from the Southern states.
Interestingly, the Fox 5 crew out on the road has mentioned several times that the ATM machines in many places are not working, and you can only buy gas and food if you have cash. It appears very few people do.
Throngs of people are trying to get to the government warming stations. The armories, fire stations, and some schools are open so people can go there and get warm, sleep, and have access to food and water. From what I've seen it's mostly the elderly and immigrants who are showing up. You wonder how they are making it, the sidewalks are covered with ice down there.
The Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, is asking people to please stay off the road. Even so, there are the normal intellectually challenged individuals who go out, make it about a block, and crash into a lake or telephone pole. Then the EMS people have to go out in this stuff and try to rescue them. Personally, I'd say if people choose to put themselves at risk when they've had all this warning and time to get ready, I'd just let them take care of themselves.
As for me here, the snow is really deep and it's still snowing. In a bit, I am going to bundle up and try to get some pictures. This may not be smart, and I may be one of the people I just criticized for poor judgement. Still, this is a very unusual event and I want some pictures of it. If I plummet down the cliff or a tree falls on me, my noble dogs will have to rescue me.
The scanners here are going full blast. The Sheriff's Department and the Fire Department are doing their best to deal with the issues that are cropping up. Primarily elderly people who got in their cars and tried to drive to town, only to wind up down the bank in the snow. It's funny because when there's an emergency like this, the wrecker drivers are allowed to use the police frequencies and you never heard such hideous radio procedure. They use the frequency as if it were citizens band radio. They also forget that everybody and their dog listens to the county frequencies, and they talk as if they were on a telephone. That leads to some interesting disclosures from time to time.
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