Snow Jam Brings Atlanta to a Standstill

10:36 AM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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Atlanta, GA (WXIA/Chris Holcomb) -- Hundreds of cars have been abandoned on roads all across the metro and thousands more are still stuck in traffic.

Accidents and icy roads are jamming freeways and side streets all around Atlanta and communities to the south and north.

MARTA says due to the weather there is currently no bus service and rail is running with lengthy delays. They are running on a Sunday schedule.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal says this winter storm was "unexpected".

In a late night news conference Tuesday, Gov. Deal, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other state officials, discussed the level of preparedness for the storm and its aftermath. 

Deal said Tuesday's storm "came unexpectedly," which caught the area off guard when it came to the amount of traffic stranded on the roads.  Deal said he was calling on the Georgia National Guard to help with the storm's aftermath.

The entire state of Georgia along with five other Southeastern states are under states of emergency after snow and ice hammered the region Tuesday.

As of 6 a.m. Georgia Power reported 1,600 customers in the dark statewide.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared the state of emergency late Tuesday afternoon, and was quickly joined by governors in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina making similar declarations.

As of 9 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol says they have been called out to investigate some 940 crashes since 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. The crashes have resulted in 104 injuries and one fatality. 

That wreck happened just after 1 p.m. on Ga. Highway 85 at Seavy Streett in Senoia. A 1997 Ford Explorer being driven by 60 year-old Yvonne Nash of Griffin was traveling southbound on Georgia 85 when the vehicle lost control and overturned  into a ditch. Nash was pulled from the vehicle and transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Both AT&T and Verizon say high call volumes have caused problems with cell service across the metro.  Both say they aware of the problems and are working to expand coverage.

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