Our story begins in the frigid town of Hamilton, Ontario. Freezing rain is heavy and they are about to be the victims of an ice storm. The Midwest and Northeast are prime areas for ice storms.
Ok class, in preparation of the upcoming ice storm, I will give you information about them. Listen up, this course could save your life!
Ice storms are freezing rain that moves into the thin layer of below-freezing air right near the surface of the earth. This allows them to freeze on contact with the ground, trees, and other objects. The ice can accumulate when super-cold rain freezes on contact with surfaces that are below freezing point. The ice can be so thick that it splits trees in half. Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times.
Ok, class is over. Be careful and don't drive outside!
The ice storm is coming. Here are some tips for staying safe. 1. Stay warm! Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia. 2. Don't drive outside! Roads can get very slippery. 3. Stay away from downed power lines! They can still be live. 4. Listen to the radio for updates on the storm.
As the bus pulls into the stop, the driver turns on the radio.
Just after the bus pulls into the parking lot...
Heyy! It's a power line. Never seen one up close...