Wednesday, February 12
ATLANTA (AP) — Here's a look by the numbers at how some agencies are responding to a storm that is supposed to bring snow, "catastrophic" ice and widespread power outages to Georgia, including the Atlanta metro area.
SNOW AND ICE: Quarter-inch to a half-inch of ice around Atlanta and east. 6 to 10 inches of snow in north Georgia.
DEATHS: One storm-related death was reported in Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal said a 50-year-old man in Butts County, about 45 miles southeast of Atlanta, died after he apparently slipped on ice outside his home.
POWER OUTAGES: More than 230,000 homes and businesses statewide were without electricity late Wednesday afternoon, up from 200,000 earlier in the day. Georgia Power and the Georgia Electric Membership Corp. said they were able to quickly restore power to thousands.
ROAD WRECKS: 251 crashes reported to the Georgia State Patrol between 2 a.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday. 32 people injured on the roads, none killed.
THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD: 1,000 guardsmen mobilized. 150 four-wheel drive vehicles, including Humvees.
EQUIPMENT: 705 pieces from Georgia Department of Transportation, including trucks, plows, salt spreaders. 125 spreaders and snow plows in city of Atlanta.
STAFF: 2,130 state transportation workers on call.
SALT AND GRAVEL: 41,953 tons of gravel and 22,199 tons of salt stockpiled for use statewide, and Georgia Department of Transportation expects to get more. 3,000 tons for city of Atlanta roads.
UTILITIES: 200 trucks from throughout the Southeast available to start restoring power.
WARMING SHELTERS: At least 57 statewide including 35 National Guard armories and 11 Georgia state parks with 2,800 cots available. Shelters also opened at some police precincts, fire stations, churches and recreation centers in metro Atlanta.
FLIGHTS: 1,643 flights to and from Atlanta's airport canceled Wednesday and an additional 664 Thursday flights canceled, according to the website FlightAware. 100,000 gallons of de-icing fluid, 100,000 pounds of de-icing pellets, salt and sand for runways.
LAST TIME: In 2000, an ice storm in the Atlanta area left more than 500,000 homes and businesses without power. Damages topped $35 million. A storm in 1973 caused an estimated 200,000 homes and businesses to lose power.