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National Guard aims to reach stranded school buses

Students Left Stranded After Winter Storm Slams South

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the National Guard is sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's winter weather-snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to students on them.

Deal says the Georgia State Patrol is also sending troopers to schools where children remain stranded after spending the night there after snow began falling Tuesday afternoon. He said in a statement early Wednesday morning that state transportation crews are continuing to treat roads and bring gas to stranded motorists.

Deal plans a briefing at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Capitol to discuss the state's "ongoing disaster response."

A sea of red brake lights remained at a standstill along a dozen lanes of the Downtown Connector shortly before dawn Wednesday.

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Carolyn January 29 2014 at 10:59 AM

I live in TN. Less than one inch of snow was predicted. We have about four inches. It is beautiful. I can't blame those who were stuck in snow which wasn't predicted. I stayed home, but a lot of people can't.

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kimcrdr January 29 2014 at 12:36 PM

I cannot believe they didn't deploy the guards yesterday so the kids didn't have to stay on the buses over night, that is ridiculous, I know they are not equipped down south for ice and snow but when you know it is headed your way for several days in advance you would have thought they would have gotten better prepared and at best an hour before it hit their town send the kids home from school, just unbelievable!!

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davedoe12 kimcrdr January 29 2014 at 12:57 PM

Granted, the kids should be rescued, BUT, how about the OTHER people stuck on the highway!!!!!!! To me a human being is a human being, REGARDLESS of their age!!!!!! What makes a child more valuable, than a mature adult. NOTHING! Life is life. Plain and simple.

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Dean Sutton January 29 2014 at 12:25 PM

Ah, jis hang on a few more hours, ita be gone soon!

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phpoling January 29 2014 at 10:52 AM

Whoa. Sounds like they are not prepared at all.

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Kate January 29 2014 at 12:18 PM

Great planning. Sounds like Charleston SC .

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Harryforr January 29 2014 at 6:12 PM

I lived inAtlanta before, it does not matter if it is 1/4" ice or an inch of snow. They have no idea how to drive in these conditions.

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bmagee5087 January 29 2014 at 10:08 AM

Hey brother and sisters in the southern states, suggestions from a Yankee. SURVIVAL/BUGOUT BAG!! Being born and raised in far norther NY state near the Canadian border, ALWAYS, especially in the winter carry the bag...........warm blanket(s), warm jacket, gloves, snow boots, small camp stove, dry good like oatmeal, hot chocolate, tea bags, case of bottled water, etc. fill the bag to fit your needs. For the sumer and fall months, adjust bag accordingly. Not that expensive to outfit your bag.

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Jeane January 29 2014 at 10:09 AM

Was this not predicted? Why was school in session?

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frisco9312 January 29 2014 at 11:18 AM

everyone wants to blame someone other than their selves

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MIKE HALL frisco9312 January 29 2014 at 11:37 AM

Since 2007, blame has become pretty popular in this country, no one seems to be able to accept that they had an err in judgement ,or made one single mistake, excuses and blame is what has gotten this country so divided, th east against the west, the north against the south, we are totally seperated, by so many factions, i dont know if we can ever be put back together again, without a very strong leader that all can respect and all can follow ,knowing that they are getting a fair break from everyone else. We are a bunch of adults , acting like a bunch of kids in a sand box.

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hsenpfeffer MIKE HALL January 29 2014 at 1:21 PM

It all started in 1980, not 2007,. It has been downhill since 1980. So much for your pretend non partisanship.

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roger January 29 2014 at 10:13 AM

Living in the Northwest I can sympathize with those that are stranded on the freeways there. We have had problems with ice and very dangerous conditions at times also. Hopefully everyone will
be able to find their way to shelter and home.

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