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Atlanta battens down the hatches for ‘catastrophic’ ice storm

Nothing left as shoppers plan for frozen Armageddon.
Nothing left as shoppers plan for frozen Armageddon.

Deserted roads, more than 3,300 canceled flights and panic buying make Atlanta a ghost town. Meteorologists say the South will be hit with a storm that only happens once every 10 or 20 years.

  • Forecasters warned that the storm could be even worse than one in 2000 that left thousands without power for days
  • Atlanta officials promise they are better prepared for the rain, sleet and freezing rain that is expected to pummel the city
  • City schools have been closed until Thursday and emergency preparations began in earnest on Monday morning
  • Already 3,000 flights have been canceled in Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte
  • Storm to dump more wintry weather on North East on Thursday
  • Delta Airlines employees are sleeping on their planes because there are no hotel rooms across the South

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