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Georgia winter storm response by the numbers

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.

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brianohorner February 12 2014 at 11:42 PM

What doesn't make ANY sense is WHY people down south are driving on snow covered roads and they don't know how to drive on snow covered roads?? I learned how to drive in 18 inches of snow when I was 15. I love driving in the snow. I'm sorry people are having accidents and are getting hurt but they shouldn't be on the roads if they don't know how to drive in the snow.

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DICK CLARK brianohorner February 12 2014 at 11:53 PM

so true.

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drydockx DICK CLARK February 13 2014 at 12:10 AM

Here in NC, I wouldn't even get out on my 4 wheeler. Got enough food and booze to hold me for a few days.

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lauriecook353535 February 13 2014 at 9:06 AM

Hello??? When you live in Atlanta and they tell you an ice storm is coming...STAY HOME!!!!! Governor declares state of emergency??? STAY HOME.....

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gary February 13 2014 at 8:02 AM

who are they going to blame this time. lol

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sparkee1958 February 13 2014 at 6:38 AM

I've driven in most any kind of winter conditions, including glare black ice towing a snowmobile trailer, which is even worse than any cracked textured ice. 99% of the problem is the other guy driving too fast for conditions. Glare ice requires reduced speeds, and even though I normally drive 5 over the speed limit, glare ice requires speeds no more than 35 mph on a straight smooth roadway. Its still a white knuckle experience either way you look at it, and there will always be some idiot thinking he can go faster. He's the moron in the ditch or killing somebody.

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iphonerulez February 13 2014 at 2:11 AM

And they say a little bit of snow never hurt anyone. My parents always used to tell me stories of how they walked miles to school in snowstorms back in the 1920s and 1930s and they did just fine. I guess people are too used to using cars nowadays to cope with the cold weather.

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jw826 February 13 2014 at 1:24 AM

LOL Its just getting here in PA And I got my 4 wheeler all gased up and ready for fun buddy Come on up Drydockx

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DICK CLARK February 12 2014 at 11:52 PM

i have driven in snow half my life. i'm retired now and stay home unless it is an emergency. when you very seldom have snow that other driver could kill you for lack of knowledge of how to drive in snow.

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estimatorone February 12 2014 at 11:44 PM

Lack of experience, lack of equipment and just people not
doing the right thing - stay off the roads, especially when
you do not know how to handle a car/truck in those
conditions. You would figure that they would have learned
something from the recent storm that they had.

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BruceMBarton1 estimatorone February 13 2014 at 3:47 AM

Some idiots will not learn!!

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David February 13 2014 at 1:22 AM

Can you say people in Georgia are dumb! Then can't drive in dry weather, never mind frozen winter weather. Caution, Redneck crash area.

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BruceMBarton1 David February 13 2014 at 3:43 AM

Proud to be a JackA$$!!

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nvisiblegypsys David February 13 2014 at 6:18 AM

just another dumba** that doesn't know the difference between driving on snow, and on "shaved ice" which the South gets.

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Hi Nancy February 13 2014 at 12:04 AM

Wow, I hope it warms up soon for the people Georgia.
Nancy M. Medley

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