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Atlanta the butt of national jokes and memes after snowstorm response disaster

Thu., Jan. 30, 2014 7:29 AM EST
by Terry Shropshire

atl snow13America got in a good giggle and rolled her eyes when Georgia declared a state of emergency after a mere two inches of snow was all that was needed to shut down government and corporate operations for the entire state.

Atlanta, which is pretty much synonymous with Georgia and proudly holds the title of “Capitol of the New South,” bore the brunt of the cackles and criticisms. Many could not understand how a city that rightfully brags about having the world’s busiest airport, and is also in the top 5 of cities/metro areas with the most Fortune 500 companies in America, could be grounded to a complete halt by a few snowflakes.

Stories pouring out about children being stranded on buses overnight, people sleeping on the floors of department stores and a woman having a baby on the highway because the interstate resembled a parking lot did not help the national narrative, either.   atl snow2

Of course, all interstate highways and state roads are under the jurisdiction of the state and Gov. Nathan Deal, who has also been bashed nationally. Deal admitted that the statehouse could have done more in advance of the “storm.” And, to be fair, snow crippled the natural flow of operations from South Carolina all the way to Alabama. But the ATL is South’s most visible and renowned metropolis and, rightly or wrongly, is at the epicenter of the national mocking.

Even singer and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss had to comment on the fracas, sharing her disgust via this caption and photo on Facebook:

“I just back from NY & was complaining about the snow but at least they know how to deal with it.”

snow2Nearly 48 hours after the first flakes hit the pavement, the hashtag #SnowedOutAtlanta remains one of the top trending topic on Twitter Thursday morning. Take a look at some of the memes regarding the city of Atlanta’s and the state of Georgia’s preparation and response debacle. 

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  • Evette B.

    Ok, are people just plain stupid, it’s not that Atlanta freaked over a few inches of SNOW, BUT the several inches of sheets of ICE that people had to contend with. I’m from Cleveland and have lived in Chicago, both which are flat, but I don’t care where you are, dealing with nothing but ice in a city that has hills in many neighborhoods that could contend with ski slopes at a resort is NO JOKE!

    • Joseph Kool

      The temps were just under freezing and little bit of salt would of saved them a lot of trouble. Snow in Atlanta is not unheard of, they get a couple inches every year. Either invest in trucks and salt or close the city down and who cares if the weather channel is based in Atlanta. What are they gonna do melt the snow with their super global warming powers?

  • Tolliver

    First if all Kandi, learn how to spell and speak correct English……THEN comment on you city.

    • Jenny

      of* your*

    • Joseph Kool

      Spoken like a true retard