From power to potholes: A look at the latest storm

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014

The winter-weary East Coast is getting hit with another storm, one that's dropping snow and ice in the Southeast before it's expected to track northward and dump several inches in and around some of the nation's biggest cities. Here's a sampling of what the latest round of winter weather is wreaking:


DIRE FORECAST: The National Weather Service called the storm "catastrophic ... crippling ... paralyzing ... choose your adjective" for the South, including Atlanta, where a storm a few weeks ago created huge traffic jams. A National Weather Service map of the storm showed possible effects hitting 22 states from Texas to Maine.


TREACHEROUS TRAVEL: More than 3,300 flights were canceled across the country, according to the website FlightAware. At least nine traffic deaths have been reported, including those of three people killed after an ambulance careened off a slick Texas highway and caught fire and a firefighter killed when he was knocked off an interstate ramp in Dallas. The mayor of Washington planned to declare a snow emergency, meaning vehicles parked on emergency routes will be towed, for the first time since 2010.


IN THE DARK: More than 500,000 homes and businesses lacked power in several Southeastern states by Wednesday evening.


TRAFFIC TROUBLES: The stormy weather sweeping into southern and central Virginia wreaked havoc on the roads, as state police responded to more than 100 highway crashes. In Atlanta, 129 crashes were reported to the Georgia State Patrol between 2 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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