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From Salt To Students, Numbers From Sunday Storm Add Up

Posted January 29, 2004

— Sunday's winter storm is hitting the Department of Transportation especially hard. The department sets aside $25 million for snow removal. So far, it has spent $14 million. Those are just two of the numbers behind the storm.

When you break it all down, everything from salt shakers to students to the Super Bowl are connected to the winter weather.

  • 426 million:

    The number of salt shakers is would take to fill using the 40,000 tons of salt the DOT has used on roadways.

  • 7,500:

    The number of statewide service-related calls to the state Highway Patrol. That is one call every 41 seconds.

  • 62:

    The number of patients one local hospital treated for weather-related injuries. That is 2½ patients every hour.

  • $44 million:

    The amount of money economists estimate Triangle businesses lost in two days. That is $1 million an hour or $250 a second.

  • 156,000:

    The number of Triangle-area students who stayed home from school.

  • 82 percent:

    The number televisions in the region that were on at 6 p.m. Sunday. That is more people than were turned in to last year's Super Bowl.

  • 3 inches:

    The amount of snow that accumulated in the Triangle Sunday.

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