Over the last couple of days Buffalo New York has been slammed by a winter snow storm that has dropped up to 7 feet of snow throughout the area. The storm, which has already claimed 12 lives and collapsed over 30 roofs, has trapped thousands inside their homes, and buried highways under 7 feet of snow. Most major roads and highways into the area were completely shut down, making food and gas deliveries impossible.
Storm clouds dump snow on Lake Erie, #BuffaloSnow. Pix of the day: http://t.co/P2UEqZld49 pic.twitter.com/Vvz6xKEH0J
— David Sim (@davidsim) November 21, 2014
Roadways Shut Down; Thousands Stranded inside local Stores.
State Police say thousands of abandoned cars are littered across Interstate 90, which has been completely shut down after being blanketed by over 6 feet of snow. Many residents had no way of making it home, and hundreds were forced to take shelter in local businesses. The snow was so bad in Buffalo that over 70 motorists, including a number of stranded truckers, have been forced to shelter inside a local Walmart since Monday.
I have seen a lot of lake effect snow growing up in buffalo but never anything like this!And that’s a main highway pic.twitter.com/DnfZuamfNf — Brett Kern (@brettkern6) November 19, 2014
MT @DerekGeePhoto: Bethann Casey finally able to get items from car in #SouthBuffalo. More at http://t.co/7j0pDzLNOM pic.twitter.com/LlXCSYM0W1 — The Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews) November 20, 2014
Supplies Running Out as Deliveries into the area are Stopped
With over 7 feet of snow falling, and snow drifts covering entire houses, people are getting desperate as many find themselves trapped inside their home with little food or supplies.
Distributors are facing difficulties delivering food to grocery stores http://t.co/3dbg2FMyV5 pic.twitter.com/B3huFYtRpE — The Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews) November 21, 2014
Those that have managed to dig themselves out are finding grocery stores with empty shelves as deliveries into the area have been turned away because of blocked roads and highways. Thousands of trucks and snow removal supplies have been sent to buffalo from all over the country, but warmer temperatures and rain are expected to make the problem even worse over the weekend.
Thousands stranded inside Homes; Roofs Collapsing from Weight of Snow
THIS is why roofs are collapsing in Buffalo! @DanCJAY92 #BuffaloSnow pic.twitter.com/unPJQ7JZm4 — CJAY 92 (@CJAY92) November 21, 2014
Wall of snow surges over Buffalo, NY — and into this home: http://t.co/hps5XpJRaC pic.twitter.com/fypfapVTVs — ABC News Weather (@abcnewswx) November 19, 2014
RT @WxmanFranz 5-6 FEET of #Snow surrounding your home, how do you get out? Dig a tunnel. Via @WGRZ #Lackawanna, #NY pic.twitter.com/LGSOnu7fgY
— Mark Van Baale (@markvanbaale) November 20, 2014
A few wks ago there was an article on this site re: preparedness. This event is a classic example about what that article was about: the need to prepare, have supplies on hand and inside personal vehicles. It will interesting to see how many of those affected by this storm become believers in preparedness.
This is a prime example on why you should stay prepared, keep stocked up on essentials such as food, water, meds, firewood, and tp. A Ham radio license, a good 2-meter or all band radio, a CB radio, and a good back-up power supply will make life easier and safer.
I bet no one in Boston will be laughing at Preppers now!
The Preppers will be laughing at that fools that did not prepare.
Which would you rather have right now in Boston, 3 days of food or 3 months of food.
It’s a No Brainier,prepare in advance, you never know whats coming your way!