South prepares for 'historic' ice storm

By Kyle Johnson,

A potentially "historic" storm is headed towards part of the South and residents in areas like Athens, Atlanta and Augusta, Ga.; Columbia, S.C. and Raleigh, N.C. are preparing for the worst.

According to USA Today, the National Weather Service has put out an advisory noting that "High ice accumulations will make travel impossible." Residents also should be prepared for the possibility of "widespread power outages" due to ice sitting on power lines and toppling trees.

Ahead of the potentially "catastrophic event," President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for Georgia.

CNN reports NWS forecaster Jason Deese said of the storm heading towards Georgia, "It certainly looks like it could be of historic proportions, especially in the last 10 to 20 years."

With all the worrisome terms being thrown around by forecasters, many in Georgia have taken to stocking up supplies and emptying out local grocery stores. Many stores in Atlanta feature barren shelves where bread, milk and other important food items once sat.

One resident, Charles Davidson, said that it took him about seven hours to drive from Georgia Tech in Atlanta out to Marietta. "My wife and I decided a few days ago that we were going to get groceries early in the day, and we're going to stay in."

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