Huge storm has already made its way to the East Coast where people are preparing for a long weekend of being locked in doors. The region which is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy has dealt with several weather phenomenon that seem to hit one after another. This on is no different with expected snowfall of up to 3 feet from Boston to New York and beyond, however the weather predictions seem to be wrong lately especially in this region with regards to how the weather will behave. As the snow begins to fall, experts are predicting this on to be a massive possibly historic blizzard sending people into survival mode. Some areas are doing voluntary evacuations while other are buckling down with supplies and plenty of gas. In fact, several places in the northeast region have sold out of basic food and supplies including milk and gas. Even before it began to snow, Boston, Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and other New England towns and cities as well as Upstate New York canceled school Friday and airlines scratching more than 3,700 flights through Saturday disrupting flights throughout the U.S. The heaviest snowfall is expected on Friday night into Saturday, while wind gusts could reach 75mph. Many states are trying to prepare for power failures and coastal flooding in areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has plows and 250,000 tons of salt on hand as New York City is expecting 10 to 14 inches. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has banned all traffic on roads after 4 p.m., the first since 1978. In Whitman, Massachusetts, public works has already started preparing for plowing the roads later in the day. In Maine, 6 inches of snow was blamed for a 19 car pileup on Friday morning in Cumberland. Some New Jersey towns hit hard by Superstorm Sandy have issued voluntary evacuations for the area especially in flood prone areas. Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor services will be suspended at 1:15 p.m. EST between New York and Boston. The organizer’s of New York Fashion Week will add a few more layers to the venue, turn up the heat, and have extra crews to remove snow. Blizzard warning were posted in parts of New Jersey, New York’s Long Island, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Providence.
I am glad someone is finally talking about this because it can only be avoided for so long and two months is too long. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had a few choice words for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Republicans Wednesday for not holding a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill:
“There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Natural disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night. Last night, politics was placed before oaths to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”
The Senate has approved a $60.4 billion aid package to help New York and New Jersey recover from the storm, while the House Appropriations Committee has approved a $27 billion measure. Christie said at the conference that he would not accept the smaller package. A vote will be held Wednesday on two different measure involving the package now split into two. Many republicans were outrage over the house speaker not voting on this sooner and moving it to the back burner. If it is not voted on soon, then they would have to start all over.
Good for Christie and I do agree for once with this governor. Again our government not just Obama can’t seem to think of others before themselves. Anyone remember Katrina same thing there too. For being such an advanced civilization, we are really in the stone age. This should be the easiest decision we make as a country but our leaders can’t seem to get anything done.