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    Posted January 29, 2014 by
    Acworth, Georgia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

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    Storm of Storms

    The Atlanta area was simply NOT prepared for this for a number of reasons. 1) We simply DO NOT have the infrastructure anywhere in the area to deal with ice of this magnitude. 2) We didn't have accurate weather models until the storm was pretty much on top of us. 3) Everyone, I mean EVERYONE left work at the same time. The interstates themselves can't handle this crush of cars on a good day, now put snow and ice inside 4 hours in the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. Bottom line we weren't ready for this. People compare this to 2011. But we knew that storm was a monster, we knew it days in advance. This we couldn't have predicted and didn't have a plan to deal with it.
    I spent 10 hours one the roads of Fulton and Cobb County. 27 miles exactly from work (CNN) to home (Cobb County). It wasn't rocket science for me. I have a lightweight car (2009). I shifted into 1st gear and left it there. No skidding, no near misses, no sliding, no problems outside of 10 missing hours of my life.
    When I came in it was clear and not so cold as it was when I left.
    I saw cars, trucks, and semis abandoned by the wide of the road, I saw people walking down the interstate.
    This area clearly needs a better plan. All of it, no just Atlanta.
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