What weather forecasters are predicting as a “historic storm” is scheduled to attack much of the United States beginning Tuesday. On Monday people were lining up at WalMart in Natchitoches, Louisiana in preparation for several days of changing weather conditions, while experts say the storm may have long-lasting impacts.
Louisiana is supposed to get rain and strong winds in the next few days, but the national weather channels are emphasizing the potential of tornadoes that can spring from this massive storm because of its potential strength and the widespread nature of the storm’s possible energy.
The amount of ice and snow accumulations are expected for an an area 2100 miles long, from the Southern plains to Maine. Specifically, weather forecasters predict ¼ inch of ice accumulation and one foot of snow from the Ozarks to Boston and an area from the Rockies to New England to feel the brunt of the storm’s impact.
Louisiana is at risk for dangerous tornadoes according to weather channels.
Voice of America reports FEMA is scheduled to make supplies available for the areas affected by the storm. These supplies include water, food, bedding and generators. These are expected to be needed in places like Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois Monday and later in the northeast. Travel will be dangerous along major highways, and some airlines are preparing for cancelled flights.
The proverbial “elephant in the room,” according to Voice of America, is how this storm, and other weather emergencies, will impact agriculture and energy. Jonathan Lash of the World Resources Institute tells us in relationship to related increases in food prices, “This tendency is exacerbated by climate events that we are seeing all over the world. Floods, droughts, storms disrupt agricultural supply.” His organization is particularly concerned about the impact of food distribution, especially in poor areas, that can result from major natural disasters, especially those involving large areas of a country.
This scheduled “storm of the century,” expected to begin in earnest on Tuesday, is poised to cause disruption to commerce and strain energy resources in many areas of the United States. In advance of such events experts on natural disasters advise individuals to take personal security precautions. In Louisiana, these precautions include taking shelter in a basement or low level of a home or an interior section of a house in one-level buildings. Folks are advised to stay away from windows and doors and to abandon mobile homes for shelter in low-lying areas or inside nearby buildings such as schools or community centers.
While weather forecasts might call for some rain and wind in Louisiana, the safest consideration, according to national weather channels, is to recognize the type of storm predicted is dangerous enough for spin-offs into the South. National forecasters, in assessing Louisiana’s conditions, say the State should be prepared for serious problems because of the extent and power potential of this “storm of the century.” The world in general, experts tell us, must prepare for these major weather events, increasing in number and severity, and for the consequences of disruption of commerce, food and energy distribution.
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