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Ausnahmezustand

Sehen Sie, wie ein bisschen Schnee in Atlanta eine Apokalypse verursacht

Es sind Bilder, die wir von Flüchtlingskatastrophen, Versorgungskrisen und Weltuntergangsfilmen kennen. Doch sie sind nach einem Schneesturm im Süden der USA entstanden.



Der Katastrophen-Film «The Day After Tomorrow» zeichnet ein Schreckensszenario: Die Erde gefriert und die Menschen sind nicht darauf vorbereitet.

Ein seltener Schneesturm im Süden der USA hatte auf die Stadt Atlanta ganz ähnliche Auswirkungen. Nur wenige Zentimeter Schnee und Eiseskälte reichten, um die unvorbereitete Stadt mit grosser Wucht zu treffen.

Kritiker bemängeln den Behördenumgang mit dem Wetterereignis. Die Südstaatler sind sich milde Winter gewöhnt. Die nationale Wetterbehörde spricht von einem «abnormalen Sturm».

Gefrorene Strassen verursachten ein Verkehrschaos sondergleichen, etwa auf der Interstate 285, einer der meistbefahrenen Strassen der USA. Der Autoring rund um Atlanta verbindet Vororte mit der Südstaaten-Metropole. Georgias Nationalgarde fuhr an vielen verlassenen Autos vorbei.

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Matthew Miller verteilt an die Autofahrer im Stau warme Getränke und Erdnussbuttersandwichs.

Matthew Miller walks along the Southbound Connector offering peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hot drinks to motorists stuck in traffic due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, January 29, 2014. A rare ice storm turned Atlanta into a slippery mess on Wednesday, stranding thousands for hours on frozen roadways and raising questions about how city leaders prepared for and handled the cold snap that slammed the U.S. South. The storm, which has killed at least seven people, on Tuesday swept over a region of about 60 million largely unaccustomed to ice and snow - stretching from Texas through Georgia and into the Carolinas - and forecasts called for more freezing weather on Thursday.     REUTERS/Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal/Constitution/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)  ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Verlassene Autos auf verlassenen Strassen rund um Atlanta:

Abandoned cars litter the roadway on the Southbound Connector due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, January 29, 2014. A rare ice storm turned Atlanta into a slippery mess on Wednesday, stranding thousands for hours on frozen roadways and raising questions about how city leaders prepared for and handled the cold snap that slammed the U.S. South. The storm, which has killed at least seven people, on Tuesday swept over a region of about 60 million largely unaccustomed to ice and snow - stretching from Texas through Georgia and into the Carolinas - and forecasts called for more freezing weather on Thursday.     REUTERS/Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal/Constitution/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)  ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Unfälle wegen fehlender Winterpneus: Diese zwei Männer kehren zu ihrem am Vortag abgelegenen Truck zurück. Rund 25 Kilometer mussten sie dafür laufen.

Tony Rosas (L) and Pedro Cuin retrieve their truck on the side of Interstate 285 in Atlanta, Georgia January 29, 2014.  The men walked more than eight miles to get home the previous night after their vehicle got stuck in the ice and snow. A rare ice storm turned Atlanta into a slippery mess on Wednesday, stranding thousands for hours on frozen roadways and raising questions about how city leaders prepared for and handled the cold snap that slammed the U.S. South.  REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry   (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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Der Ausnahmezustand scheint nur mithilfe Georgias «Zivilschützern» in Militäruniform gemeistert werden zu können. Nationalgardisten schieben Autos auf die Strasse zurück. Die Pannenstreifen Georgias sind aber selbst für sie zu glatt.

Georgia National Guard troops Command Sgt. Maj. Buddy Grisham (L) and Sgt. Chad Armstrong help each other from slipping on the ice as they assist people in getting their stranded cars out of the snow in Atlanta, Georgia January 29, 2014.  A rare ice storm turned Atlanta into a slippery mess on Wednesday, stranding thousands for hours on frozen roadways and raising questions about how city leaders prepared for and handled the cold snap that slammed the U.S. South.  REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry   (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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Georgia National Guard Sgt. Chad Armstrong (R) and other guardsmen help people get their stranded cars out of the snow in Atlanta, Georgia January 29, 2014. A rare ice storm turned Atlanta into a slippery mess on Wednesday, stranding thousands for hours on frozen roadways and raising questions about how city leaders prepared for and handled the cold snap that slammed the U.S. South.  REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry   (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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Ein Autofahrer hat Glück gehabt. Via Handy holt er sich selbst Hilfe.

A driver uses a mobile phone in a car after running off the roadway due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, January 29, 2014. A rare winter storm gripped the U.S. South on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport.    REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Menschen schreiten im Schneegestöber nach Hause:

A man walks through a snow covered parking lot after a rare snowstorm in Adairsville, Georgia, January 28, 2014. A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit the U.S. South on Tuesday, prompting three states to declare a state of emergency, closing the New Orleans airport and causing chaos on roads for drivers unaccustomed to the dangerously slick conditions.   REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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Two women retrieve their stranded car from Interstate 285 in Atlanta, Georgia January 29, 2014.  The women left the car by the interstate the night before after getting stuck in the ice and snow. A rare ice storm turned Atlanta into a slippery mess on Wednesday, stranding thousands for hours on frozen roadways and raising questions about how city leaders prepared for and handled the cold snap that slammed the U.S. South.  REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry   (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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Schulbusse steckten teils nur wenige Meter von ihren Busunterständen entfernt fest. Ein schlafendes Kind sorgte für Schlagzeilen, weil es in einem der Busse vergessen wurde. Es blieb unbeschadet. Der Busfahrer verlor seinen Job. 4500 Kinder mussten in der Schule übernachten. 

Atlanta public school buses sit abandoned along Metropolitan Parkway less than a block from the system's bus barn due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, January 29, 2014. A rare ice storm turned Atlanta into a slippery mess on Wednesday, stranding thousands for hours on frozen roadways and raising questions about how city leaders prepared for and handled the cold snap that slammed the U.S. South. The storm, which has killed at least seven people, on Tuesday swept over a region of about 60 million largely unaccustomed to ice and snow - stretching from Texas through Georgia and into the Carolinas - and forecasts called for more freezing weather on Thursday.     REUTERS/Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal/Constitution/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)  ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Gestrandete, müde Menschen suchen einen Unterschlupf und finden ihn in einem Lebensmittelladen in Atlanta. Sie waren auf der Durchreise. Nun ruhen sie sich inmitten von Lebensmitteln aus. Vor Tiefkühlregalen und auf den Gängen wird geschlafen, erschöpfte Frauen sacken in sich zusammen, Leute telefonieren oder tippen in ihre Laptops. Immerhin bietet der Laden ein wenig Wärme.

Paul Stallings sits next to the frozen section inside a Publix grocery store after being stranded due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, January 29, 2014. A rare winter storm gripped the U.S. South on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport.    REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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People sleep at the aisle of a Publix grocery store after being stranded due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, January 29, 2014. A rare winter storm gripped the U.S. South on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport.    REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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People rest at the aisle of a Publix grocery store after being stranded due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, January 29, 2014. A rare winter storm gripped the U.S. South on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport.    REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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An zahlreichen Flughäfen in den Bundesstaaten Georgia und Alabama ging nichts mehr. Passieger warteten teils stundenlang.

Stranded passengers Whitney Karuss (L) and Shniquia Simington of Dallas wait in the lobby after their flight to Dallas was cancelled at the Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, Louisiana Jan. 28, 2014.  A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit the U.S. South on Tuesday, prompting three states to declare a state of emergency, closing the New Orleans airport and causing chaos on roads for drivers unaccustomed to the dangerously slick conditions. The last flight left New Orleans at about 11 a.m. local time (1700 GMT) on Tuesday and its Louis Armstrong International Airport was then closed to commercial traffic ahead of the predicted ice storm. Authorities also shut the 24-mile (39-km) Causeway Bridge, which spans Lake Pontchartrain, because of icy conditions.  REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman (UNITED STATES)

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Grosse Warnhinweise auf den Highways konnten die mehr als 1250 wetterbedingten Unfälle nicht verhindern. Laut Georgias Gouverneur Nathan Deal gab es 100 Verletzte und mindestens sieben Tote.

Cars drive under a traffic sign displaying winter storm warnings after a rare snowstorm in Kennesaw, Georgia, January 28, 2014. A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit the U.S. South on Tuesday, prompting three states to declare a state of emergency, closing the New Orleans airport and causing chaos on roads for drivers unaccustomed to the dangerously slick conditions.     REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRANSPORT)

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