ATLANTA (AP) — Here’s a look by the numbers at how some agencies are responding to a storm that will bring snow, “catastrophic” ice and widespread power outages to Georgia, including the Atlanta metro area.
SNOW AND ICE: Quarter-inch to 1.5 inches of ice around Atlanta and east. 3 to 5 inches of snow in north Georgia.
THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD: 100 guardsmen activated, more on standby. 125 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: 64,150 tons in state stockpiles and expecting 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: 65 operated by the Guard throughout state. 21 in Atlanta along with 6 police precincts and the city’s fire stations.
FLIGHTS: 1,609 Atlanta-based flights canceled for Wednesday. 100,000 gallons of de-icing fluid, 100,000 pounds of de-icing pellets, salt and sand for runways.
LAST TIME: In 2000, ice storm in 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 outages for several days.