Helicopters search for stranded Southern drivers; Humvees deliver food, water

  • Article by: RAY HENRY , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 29, 2014 - 3:30 PM

ATLANTA — Helicopters took to the skies Wednesday to search for stranded drivers while Humvees delivered food, water and gas — or a ride home — to people who were stuck on roads after a winter storm walloped the Deep South.

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thismompaysattentionJan. 29, 1410:47 AM

SO the snow came a few hours earlier than expected--but they had DAYS of warning that it was very likely to be coming. I'm sorry, but planning for disastrous weather needs to happen in 12-24 hour windows--I mean it's a weather forecast--it will never be precise enough to plan on reacting with 1-2 hours and timing it perfectly. It's not like hurricane related closures/evacuations happen with 45 minutes notice...this just seems weird.

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sauerroJan. 29, 1412:26 PM

It is hard to plan for ice like that. How often is everyone going to believe that they should just stay home?

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odinmanJan. 29, 1412:31 PM

Storm? What storm? Oh you mean those pesky 2 inches of snow?

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swans999Jan. 29, 1412:32 PM

Where's Obama's FEMA?

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tlefaiveJan. 29, 1412:44 PM

I realize that the south has very little experience driving in snow/ice, but wouldn't your first inclination be to slow way down?

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beancounter3Jan. 29, 1412:52 PM

Georga doesn't have salt and sand for the roads like we do in the midwest. Many of the vehical don't have winter or all season tires.

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Packman_1Jan. 29, 1412:58 PM

Ah, the joys of living in an austerity state. 2 inches of snow causes the state to shut down. Granted, they don't see this often but they do see it often enough to have more than a single snow plow for the entire Atlanta area.

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birkmsp1Jan. 29, 14 1:05 PM

Red state planning at its finest.

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George72Jan. 29, 14 1:06 PM

Just about an inch here in Charlotte NC. Enough to make 90% of drivers avoid the rush hour. Work is a totally excused absence. They've thrown a bit of salt down but sun will take care of the rest. The drama here is at about the level of if 3ft were to hit msp.

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decembersueJan. 29, 14 1:26 PM

Gee, decades of ignoring public transportation has left many of these southern cities without alternative ways to move people around in these types of situations. Will they learn? Nope.

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