Atlanta Losing Power as 'Catastrophic' Storm Begins
Georgia governor: Ice 'our biggest enemy'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 12, 2014 7:56 AM CST
Updated Feb 12, 2014 7:59 AM CST
A passenger waits under the departure board showing hundreds of cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Tulis)

(Newser) – The warnings haven't minced words, and the potentially "catastrophic" weather set to hit the South has begun, with Atlanta already feeling the effects: Some 39,000 and counting have lost power there, with that number climbing by the thousands within spans as short as 10 minutes. In terms of thousands, 2,200 flights have been axed out of the city's airport, the world's busiest, with just 300 expected to depart today. Ice began to descend on major roads around 4am, and "all of the interstates, all of the secondary routes, all of the surface streets, are all iced over," said a local radio host, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Where you are right now is where you’re going to be tomorrow morning, there's no doubt about it."

Of particular concern are the many tree limbs over power lines; weighed-down icy limbs can snap, causing extensive outages, Fox News notes. Experts are warning that power could be out for a week in some areas, CNN reports. Indeed, ice is "our biggest enemy," says Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. But much of the South is bracing for snow and ice: Three to five inches of snow could hit Atlanta; southwestern Virginia could see 14 inches, while Charlotte, NC, could get a foot. South Carolina hasn't logged a significant ice storm in a decade, but it could see as much as three-quarters of an inch of ice ... plus up to 8 inches of snow.

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RufusT.Firefly
Feb 12, 2014 7:30 PM CST
Boy, the ignorant comments about global warming are pouring in... as expected.
$3586407
Feb 12, 2014 2:25 PM CST
Farmer's Almanac calls a cold US winter. No politics, no high minded credentials. Just experience. circa August, 2013: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/2013/08/25/2014-us-winter-forecast/ "...Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, we are “red-flagging” the first ten days of February for possible heavy winter weather. More importantly, on February 2, Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey’s Meadowlands—the very first time a Super Bowl will be played outdoors in a typically cold weather environment. We are forecasting stormy weather for this, the biggest of sporting venues. But even if we are off by a day or two with the timing of copious wind, rain, and snow, we wish to stress that this particular part of the winter season will be particularly volatile and especially turbulent. And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types as well as strong and gusty winds...." Spare me the so called professional projections. I'll buy the book, thank you.
clmsadjman
Feb 12, 2014 1:54 PM CST
So much for that global warming crap! The global warming nuts will say that global warming causes global cooling a ridiculous argument, but it hasn't stopped them before being total asses!