CNN unveiled its “Blizzardmobile” during the snowstorm that’s hitting New York City.
A number of people on Twitter ridiculed the feature. CNN’s Don Lemon was seen inside the vehicle, giving his report on the blizzard.
— Matthew Knell (@MatthewKnell) January 27, 2015
The Blizzardmobile drives the streets of New York in an ever more desperate search for a truly “historic” storm. pic.twitter.com/8RRPPCzEi3
— Mark Joyella (@standupkid) January 27, 2015
“Is @CNN really broadcasting from ‘the blizzardmobile?'” asked one person on Twitter.
Said another, “Don Lemon just proved that he’s wearing a seat belt by showing it’s behind his back. That’s…not how seat belts work. #Blizzardmobile.”
“Don Lemon just called out everyone on Twitter and showed that he was wearing a seatbelt on live TV. Thanks, @CNN, for the blizzardmobile,” wrote another.
— David Beck (@dbecktweets) January 27, 2015
— Craig Kanalley (@ckanal) January 27, 2015
— Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) January 27, 2015
AP news update:
Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.
Snow was coating cars and building up on sidewalks and roadways in New York City by evening, and lightsnow was falling in Boston. Forecasters said the storm would build into a blizzard, and the brunt of it would hit late Monday and into Tuesday.
As the snow got heavier, much of the region rushed to shut down.
More than 7,700 flights in and out of the Northeast were canceled, and many of them may not take off again until Wednesday. Schools and businesses let out early. Government offices closed. Shoppers stocking up on food jammed supermarkets and elbowed one another for what was left. Broadway stages went dark.
“It’s going to be ridiculous out there, frightening,” said postal deliveryman Peter Hovey, standing on a snowy commuter train platform in White Plains, New York.
All too aware that big snowstorms can make or break politicians, governors and mayors moved quickly to declare emergencies and order the shutdown of streets and highways to prevent travelers from getting stranded and to enable plows and emergency vehicles to get through.
“This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned.
He urged New Yorkers to go home and stay there, adding: “People have to make smart decisions from this point on.”