What happens when you’re hit by a massive storm and your home has no power?
You might find yourself in a traffic jam.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has warned of an increasing number of people being stranded in the middle of nowhere because of grid problems.
According to the DHS, more than 1.1 million people are in “high-risk” areas.
Those who are not in high-risk areas can still travel to places like Washington, D.C., and other states.DHS said people living in high areas of the country are at increased risk of being stuck in the grid.
“It’s a situation where you’re literally stuck in an area where there’s no power or a lack of transportation,” DHS spokesman Matt Hensley said.
“You can’t leave and get help, you can’t get to places you need to go.”
“This is a problem that we’ve seen with other areas of America where people have lost access to a lot of resources because of weather and other circumstances,” he said.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said the city has received hundreds of calls from people in the area who are stranded in places like the Pentagon.
The mayor said he is hopeful that people in his city will get some help in getting to the airport.
“We want to encourage people to be patient and understand that there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to get through,” Gray said.
“As we get closer to the end of the season and hopefully get a chance to get to our destination, we’re going to be very cautious about the number of calls we get,” he added.
The DHS urged people to report all suspicious activity to the agency, and to report any suspicious activity that looks suspicious.
For the latest weather information, visit the DHS website.