Brrrrr!… That is the sound you have made at least five times this morning now that the dueling pressure systems have slugged it out in the Midwest and temperatures across the Bluegrass have fallen to well digger’s ass-levels.
Yesterday’s freak weather event also resulted in 60 mph winds, flash flooding (in other parts of the state) and three tragic deaths in the Commonwealth alone.
Kaitlyn Griffin, 17, of Somerset was killed when she was hit by part of a tree split by the wind. She was standing in the street at a public apartment complex when the tree hit her head, according to police and family members.
“If there ever was a definition of a freak accident, this would apply,” said Detective Shannon Smith, spokesman for the Somerset Police Department.
Neighbors tried frantically to pull the tree away before emergency workers freed Griffin and rushed her to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Kaitlyn was 27 weeks pregnant, said her aunt Reddia Gadd. [Lexington Herald-Leader]
LG&E worked through the night restoring power to the 450 homes that reported outages, which means you’re most likely sitting in your warm, comfy desk chair reading this right now.
Yet according to USA Today — whose article makes no mention of Kentucky’s deaths — tens of thousands experienced blackouts across the nation, the body count jumping to 16.
The National Weather Service had more than 80 reports of wind damage, mostly in the Southeast, where Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina reported trees toppled, power lines down and homes damaged. Gusts of 75 mph were recorded in Maplesville, Ala.
The snow was the worst to hit Iowa since 1996, said Craig Cogil, a meteorologist with the weather service there. Des Moines was buried under 16 inches. Drifts up to 6 feet high closed Interstates 80 and 35 for a second day…
We Energies said 50,000 customers lost power in southeast Wisconsin, where 19 inches of snow fell; 9,700 homes were still dark Wednesday night…
Winds of up to 50 mph knocked down a two-story Christmas tree in Champaign, Ill.
Up to 7 inches of snow fell in northeast Pennsylvania, and 50-mph winds were recorded near Pittsburgh.
Nobody knocks down a Christmas tree in this country and gets away with it — especially pussified mother nature — which is why it is so important to punish her by rejecting the Copenhagen treaty, which would make things easier for her. Santa would want it that way, America.