11Alive across Atlanta: Dangers remain after ice storm

6:32 AM, Feb 13, 2014   |    comments
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(WXIA) Freezing rain and sleet brought north Georgia to a standstill on Wednesday, but the area has thus far mainly been spared the traffic nightmares seen in the last winter storm.

The winter storm knocked out power to more than 300,000 homes and businesses across the state. As of 9 p.m., Georgia Power said that around 193,000 customers remained without power, while Georgia EMC reported that 60,000 of its customers had no electricity. More than 5,000 Georgia Power workers worked to restore electricity to customers throughout the day. 


Some 69 percent of flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were canceled, according to FlightAware.com. Airport officials said that they planned to remain open throughout the storm. 

Drivers seemed to heed strong warnings of a "catastrophic" storm by meteorologists and mainly stayed off of roads. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said at a 4 p.m. news conference that there had been no reports of injuries or fatalities in the city.

There were two weather-related deaths. One man died after falling on ice in Whitfield County. An elderly woman was found dead in her Butts County home. Officials believe her death was related to the weather, but did not specify why.

Two children were also seriously injured while out sledding in the snow.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation did its part to make roadways passable. Reed said that 64 spreaders and 67 plows were on city streets.

More than 1,000 National Guardsmen were also mobilized to help clear the roads, utilizing 150 four-wheel drive vehicles.

Almost all schools and businesses were closed Wednesday and many said they would remain closed on Thursday.

Despite the relative calm, 11Alive meteorologists warn that the danger is not over yet. The rain and ice is forecast to continue overnight, with snow replacing the wintry mix in many areas. Reed urged people to remain inside and stressed that "we are in the middle of this."

The American Red Cross said it is assisting those affected by the storm. Click here to see a full list of shelters available throughout the state of Georgia.

Some material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Click the videos below to watch the afternoon reports.

- Keith Whitney recaps the ice storm
- Devin Fehely reports on residents stranded by storm
- Kevin Rowson shows that roads remain a threat
- Jon Shirek visits open restaurant in Decatur
- Kaitlyn Ross reporting from Atlanta's West End
- Duffie Dixon on Gwinnett County workers prepping for a long night
- Jennifer Titus on a downed tree in Midtown Atlanta
- Catie Beck finds Roswell drivers heeding warnings
- Paul Crawley on ice and snow in Cobb County
- Mayor Reed addresses storm
- Ice storm leaves thousands without power
- Rockdale County hit hard by storm

For earlier reports, click here.

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