With Bad Weather In the Forecast, Governor Deal Declares State of Emergency

Perhaps with the memories of slow state response to two major snow and ice storms in 2014, Governor Deal has declared a state of emergency in 15 north Georgia counties under a winter storm warning. From a press release:

I am issuing this order out of an abundance of caution, so the state can make all preparations necessary to quickly and efficiently address any potential winter weather problems,” said Deal. “We will monitor the weather throughout the night and allocate state resources as needed should ice formation creep further south into the metro area.

I remain hopeful that the low pressure system will move northward, thus allowing warmer temperatures into our state,” Deal said. “With forecasts showing temperatures hovering around the freezing point, however, we have to work on the assumption that we’ll face icy conditions.

What had been predicted to be a significant storm in the metro Atlanta area now seems to have become less of a threat until maybe Tuesday morning, when black ice is possible. Yet Governor Deal decided to close nonessential state offices at the Capitol on Monday as well. Of course, it’s President’s Day, and the legislature is not in session, so it’s easier to do it Monday that it would be on Tuesday. But, it’s clear the governor isn’t taking any chances that the storm could end up worse than it’s currently predicted to be.

7 comments

  1. MattMD says:

    I like how Deal talks like a freaking meteorologist now.

    Too bad he couldn’t have played the role of transportation planner back in 2011-2012.

    One thing I am really concerned about is whether the reps are going to show up with lunch tomorrow.

      • Lea Thrace says:

        They have a monopoly on group lunches period. EVERYWHERE I go, if it’s a group boxed lunch, it’s Jason’s Deli. Ugh!

      • MattMD says:

        I was talking about drug reps.

        And they came through; it was Newk’s!

        Jason’s Deli is kinda “meh” for me now.

  2. saltycracker says:

    The most we can ask of the elected is to talk it over and make the best decision with the available options. We went to Florida. Deal took the precautionary option, second guessing now is entertainment not governance.

  3. Ellynn says:

    Alot of state offices were closed for President Day already. Over 3/4 of the offices I deal with (most of them are in the Floyd Towers) are closed on federal holidays.

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      The State of Georgia doesn’t recognize President’s day on its official date. It’s the only Federal holiday that’s treated that way. I’m guessing it’s because it falls during the legislative session.

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