Many parts of the Southeast and even the Northeast are not prepared for what Winter 2014 has brought them: a drowning snow storm and deadly ice. The Nor’easter is making it’s way North on the East Coast of the U.S. on Thursday with strong winds and heavy snow. Hundreds of thousands of people in Georgia, North and South Carolina are now left without power. Schools and work places are closed, highways are filled with abandoned cars and everything is at a standstill.
According to FlightAware.com, about 5,544 domestic U.S. flights were canceled and another 978 were delayed on Thursday. The entire country is now affected and state governors on the East Coast have declared a state of emergency, including New Jersey’s Chris Christie. In the southern states, up to three-quarters of an inch of ice was expected to accumulate in Atlanta and up to 10 inches of snow and sleet were expected in Raleigh and Charlotte.
Residents of these states are being told to stay off the roads and stay inside. According to CNN, at least 10 deaths have been blamed on the weather, including a 55-year-old man who was killed in a head-on collision in Virginia, authorities said. Two people were killed in Georgia, and two died in North Carolina.
Despite the dangers of this blizzard, New York public schools have remained open. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending the decision.
What do you think? Stay inside or keep working?