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Major Ice Storm Causes Havoc Across US South

The monster storm threatens to bring more than a foot of snow to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast
Updated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 8:53 p.m.
Winter Weather North Carolina
Two unidentified women back home through the snow after walking to a grocery store, only to find it closed, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

ATLANTA (AP) - The second wintry storm in two weeks to hit the normally warm U.S. South encrusted the region in ice Wednesday, knocking out electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. It then pushed toward the heavily populated Northeast.

At least 11 deaths across the region were blamed on the treacherous weather, including three people who were killed when an ambulance careened off an icy Texas road and caught fire.

Nearly 3,300 airline flights nationwide were cancelled.

In an warning issued early Wednesday, National Weather Service called the storm "catastrophic ... crippling ... paralyzing ... choose your adjective."

PHOTOS ON SKYE: Winter Storm Bears Down on Southern US
Forecasters warned of more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) of ice possible in places. Snow was forecast overnight, with up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) possible in Atlanta and much higher amounts in the Carolinas.

President Barack Obama declared a disaster in South Carolina and for parts of Georg ia, opening the way for federal aid. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, palm trees were covered with a thick crust of ice.

The storm didn't cause the widespread highway problems in Atlanta that the last storm did, largely because people had learned their lesson. Streets and highways were largely deserted.

The storm then moved northward, threatening to bring more than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow Thursday to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Washington D.C. could get up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow. New York City could see 6 inches (15 centimeters).

Ice combined with wind gusts up to 30 mph (48 kph) snapped tree limbs and power lines. More than 200,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in Georgia, 130,000 in South Carolina and nearly 30,000 in Louisiana. Some people could be in the dark for days.

Atlanta was caught unprepared by the last storm on Jan. 28, when thousands of children were stranded all night in schools by less than 3 inches (less than 8 centimeters) of snow and countless drivers abandoned their cars.

PHOTOS ON SKYE: Winter Storm Bears Down on Southern US
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Ms. Malin

Non-event so far. Must be a slow news day!

February 12 2014 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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