When we have inclement weather here in Georgia such as a tropical storm like now or snow it is normal that basically everything shuts down. We just dealt with a tropical storm which is the after affects of hurricane Irma hitting Florida. There were some fallen trees that caused damage to homes and people lost their lives. Wenever we are faced with inclement weather and Georgia shuts down we are always asked why. Usually Georgia is pretty sunny and while it gets cold it doesn’t get cold enough often for us to deal with consistent snow and ice. Since social media has come into play it is almost guaranteed that you will see posts from people who have not grown up here complaining. A majority of the posts are filled with how they went to school in 10 feet of snow. These are people who are mainly from up north. While I understand the frustration it can kind of being annoying. There are reasons why we shut down, down here. Maybe this post will help them understand. Here are reasons why we choose to shut down:
- Safety- This basically goes without saying. We pretty much would prefer to safe at home with our families rather than out in the weather.
- Trees- Being that we live in the south we have a lot of trees and country roads over here. These trees are thousands of years old. Since a majority of Georgia has trees it is really dangerous. We are dealing with a tropical storm now and there are news reports filled with fallen trees.
- Road conditions- During inclement weather here in Georgia road conditions can be horrible. I know yesterday when we ventured out to check on a family member. All the street lights were out. Roads can be very slick whether it’s snow or rain. Plus Georgia has a lot of hills so that makes the roads even more dangerous. Not only on expressways but also on residential roads. I don’t know if you all remember Snowmageddon back in 2014 when thousands of people were stuck on the road.
- Flooding- With just heavy rain certain parts of Georgia floods. With a tropical storm it is 10 times worse. Which goes back to my previous mention of the road conditions.
- No people, no business- Businesses shut down because of course if people are at home then there is no money coming in. They want to be with their families and also want their employees to be safe as well. So why should businesses stay open.
- We are not equipped- Let me put things in perspective for you. We haven’t had a tropical storm since 1995 if memory serves me correctly and we haven’t had a big snow storm since 2014. Because of this we do not purchase the equipment that states up north would because we don’t get snow every year and we definitely don’t get tropical storms every year. So buying equipment for something that happens every few years is unnecessary.
I hope these reasons help some people to understand Georgia and other southern states a little better. There are many factors that go into the decision to shut down the state, schools, and businesses. Weather is not anything to play with. So we prefer to be safe. But we do the best that we can.