Kentucky Governor: ‘We’re Getting Comfortable’ For Closing Faculties In Subzero Climate

Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has some recommendation for all you snowflakes getting ready for record-breaking, doubtlessly lethal subzero temperatures sweeping the Midwest and Northeast: “Curl up within the fetal place.”

Bevin joined 840 WHAS radio in Louisville on Tuesday to speak about college closures in his state because the polar vortex unleashed an icy chilly entrance on the Midwest, The Washington Submit stories. Although excessive climate has already killed six folks within the Midwest, and is making it really feel like minus 15 levels in components of Kentucky on Wednesday, Bevin argued that public faculties that closed in anticipation of the temperatures signaled weak spot.

“I imply, what occurs to America?” he stated. “We’re getting tender.”

Based on the Submit:

The governor tried to qualify his feedback, saying, “I do respect it’s higher to err on the facet of being secure.” However he additionally stated he was “being solely barely facetious.”

Then he doubled down. “Nevertheless it does concern me somewhat bit that in America — on this and any variety of different fronts — we’re sending messages to our younger folks that if life is tough, you’ll be able to curl up within the fetal place someplace in a heat place and simply wait till it stops being laborious,” he stated.

When radio host Terry Meiners identified that the chilly “is critical enterprise,” Bevin scoffed.

“Come on, now,” protested Bevin, a hedge fund part-owner who ran his household’s bell manufacturing facility in Connecticut earlier than he was elected governor. “There’s no ice going with it, or any snow.”

The Nationwide Climate Service has issued a wind chill warning for Louisville, with doable snow flurries, slick roads and “frostbite and hypothermia … if precautions should not taken.”

The Kentucky Training Affiliation, a trainer’s union, stated on Twitter that it supported college students’ security, regardless of Bevin’s feedback.

Certainly, winter climate preparedness is essential. The damaging blast of Arctic chilly is predicted to unfold farther east on Wednesday and Thursday, with wind chills as little as minus 15 in New York Metropolis.

Study how one can prepare for excessive chilly right here.