ATLANTA (AP) — Utility companies said Wednesday that nearly 180,000 customers are without power in Georgia, as an ice storm coats trees and brings down branches and power lines.
Georgia power reports more than 71,000 outages just in metro Atlanta.
Forecasters in several states have been using unusually dire language in warnings about this storm -- and they say the worst may still be ahead. The ice could knock out power for days.
The Atlanta area has been feeling the sting of sleet punctuated by strong gusts of wind. A layer of ice is crusting car windshields. And slushy sidewalks are making even short walking trips dangerous.
Nobody in Atlanta is taking any chances, two weeks after a storm stranded thousands of people on the highways.
Wednesday, city roads and interstates in the Atlanta area have been empty, as most people heed warnings to stay home.
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