Atlanta area braces for dangerous ice storm


ATLANTA (AP) — Emergency management workers in the Atlanta area are preparing to spring into action as rain — and temperatures — are falling early Wednesday, potentially leading to "catastrophic" ice conditions across the region.

Already, Georgia Power is reporting thousands of power outages around the state. Forecasters and officials say number of outages will probably grow throughout the day. In north Georgia, morning snow was falling. Other areas of the South, from Louisiana to South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic also are expected to get socked with a wintry mix of ice, snow and freezing rain.

Forecasters warn the storm will likely bring a thick layer of ice and heavy winds that could knock out power to thousands and leave people stranded in their cold, dark homes for days.

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