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Bloomberg, California — It was the summer of ’94.
It was about time.
It had been a couple of years since the last snowstorm had hit, but the world had been on edge.
The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) had predicted the worst of the weather would hit the West Coast, and many wondered how long that would last.
“We got a call at 10:01 p.m. that the storm was moving across the U.N. zone,” says Scott Bloomberg.
“And as we drove down the highway, we heard the emergency-services guys yelling for us to get out of the car.”
That was on Aug. 31, 1994, and the storm had hit just as the state was gearing up for the Olympics.
“The storm came down on the coast of California, and I remember thinking, ‘We are not going to be able to get this weather in here until the Olympics come,’ ” Bloomberg recalls.
“The whole time we were driving down the freeway, we kept saying, ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do?'”
Bloomberg, a former news reporter for the Los Angeles Times and CBS News, had been driving in the town of Bloomberg on Interstate 5 when he spotted a yellow sign reading “Snow Storm Warning,” but he thought nothing of it until he got closer.
“When we saw that, we were like, ‘Wow, we are going to get snow today?'”
“As we got closer to the highway it got worse,” he adds.
“I said, ‘Hey, Scott, how’s it going?’ “
He said,, ‘It’s not going well.'””
I said, ‘Hey, Scott, how’s it going?’
He said,, ‘It’s not going well.'”
The next day, he and his wife drove across town in their Subaru Forester and headed for a small park in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to see how the snow would affect the region.
The day was pretty quiet, he recalls.
As he got out of his car and began to walk, he noticed the snow was a lot deeper than he had expected.
“I turned and was like, Oh, crap,” he says.
“That’s why I stopped.
It’s just a lot heavier than I expected.
The snowstorm was an extreme event that caused more than 1,000 fatalities and $100 billion in damages. “
But the next day it was worse.”
The snowstorm was an extreme event that caused more than 1,000 fatalities and $100 billion in damages.
But it wasn’t just the damage that caused some of the most tragic events.
Many people, including Bloomberg and his family, had their cars washed out and lost track of where they were.
As a result, they never knew what was going on in the storm.
“It’s like losing your wallet,” he recalls, “and you don’t know what’s going on.”
One of Bloomers’ first questions was why, exactly, he had to abandon his car on the freeway.
“When you get in a car, you’re going down a bumpy road, and you’re expecting a lot of bumps and crashes,” he explains.
“It was just a little bit of a stretch.
But then I went back to my car and there were all these snowballs.””
You just have to have a little faith in the people that you’re driving with,” he continues.
“Because you’re not going anywhere.
It just went out of control.”
The couple made it home in time to watch the Games.
The day after the storm, Bloomers wife took him and his son to the beach, where he and the family were able to walk in the sand.
The next day they drove to the ski slopes, where they had lunch at a local restaurant.
They then drove back to the resort and spent the next few days skiing in the mountains.
When the weather cleared, the couple was able to return to the home they’d left in a foggy day.
“Our house was on fire, but I remember it was a pretty warm day,” Bloomberg said.
“We could hear the fire alarm going off, and then all of a sudden, we could hear it.
It wasn’t a big thing, but it was loud.
It sounded like a big explosion.””
It was like a lot more than a big house burning down,” he continued.
“A lot of people had gone missing, and there was a huge police presence.”
The next night, Bloomiers son and his friends went back out to the mountains, where it was still foggy.
As they got closer, they noticed snowballs coming from behind the ridge line, and Bloomers and his father were able, through sheer luck, to get in the back seat of the Forester.
“There was a massive white wall of snow, so I was like the only one there,” he recalled. “At