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Meteorologist Bastardi: Can't Blame Georgia Gov. for Storm Havoc

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Friday, 31 Jan 2014 06:03 PM

Veteran meteorologist Joe Bastardi says it's wrong to blame Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal for not being prepared for the winter storm that paralyzed the Peach State this week.

"What did you want the governor to do, tell people to stay off the roads?" Bastardi, of WeatherBELL, told John Bachman, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Okay, so you want the governor to dictate to people to stay off the roads? So he should've closed the state?"

Deal has apologized to motorists who were stuck in their cars and families whose children were forced to stay at school when more than two inches of snow left some drivers stuck in traffic for 10 to 12 hours.

"I'm just wondering if people are becoming too dependent on someone in a higher authority to make decisions for them. The National Weather Service had the entire Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States lit up with warnings well in advance," Bastardi said.

"Was it … the governor's responsibility, in this case, to start getting on the phone with every local school board saying don't send those kids into school today?

"And believe me, this is probably not that the last snow or ice event this particular winter in the southern part of the United States. There is a load of trouble down the road in this pattern over the next 10 to 15 days."

Six states declared emergencies during the arctic blast that caused at least 13 deaths.


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