ATLANTA (February 12, 2014) More than 200,000 customers were without power Wednesday as an ice storm coated trees and brought down branches and power lines in Georgia, utility companies said.
Georgia power reported more than 71,000 outages Wednesday morning just in metro Atlanta.
Forecasters in several states were using unusually dire language in warnings about this storm and 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 crusted car windshields and slushy sidewalks were making even short walks dangerous.
Nobody in Atlanta was taking any chances on Wednesday, two weeks after a storm stranded thousands of people on the highways.
City streets and interstates in the Atlanta area have been empty, as most people heeded warnings to stay home.