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Effects of ice storm could be 'catastrophic'

12:27 AM, Feb 12, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA - The National Weather Service warned that Wednesday's ice storm could have "catastrophic" effects. What would that mean to the city of Atlanta?

It could cause loss of infrastructure, homes, cars and, in some cases, lives.

When a massive ice storm struck New England and New York in 1998, 4 million people lost power, 25 people were killed by falling ice or fire set by damaged electrical units. In that storm, ice accumulation measured up to 3 inches. The storm did up to $1 billion in damage.

An ice storm in 2009 from Arkansas into the Ohio Valley knocked out power to more than 1 million people. It was Kentucky's largest power outage on record. Ice over an inch thick was reported in many areas.

Upstate New York saw an ice storm in 2007. Accumulations reached ¾ of an inch in places snapped power lines and poles.

In Georgia, ice storms in 2000 and 2005 caused massive power outages.

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