Winter Weather Roundup
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Amtrak suspends some trains ahead of winter storm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak is suspending some trains as a winter storm threatens the South and the Northeast.

Amtrak says the suspensions Wednesday are meant to reduce the exposure of passengers, crews and equipment to extreme weather.

The suspensions include trains between New York and several destinations in the South and the auto train between Washington's northern Virginia suburbs and Orlando, Fla. Amtrak says other services, including the Northeast Corridor, are scheduled to operate.

The suspensions include Crescent trains between New York and New Orleans; Silver Meteor and Silver Star trains between New York and Miami; Carolinian trains between New York and Charlotte, N.C.; Palmetto trains between New York and Savannah, Ga.; and Piedmont trains between Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina.



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Most Tuesday flights canceled at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) — More than two-thirds of all scheduled flights to and from Atlanta's airport on Wednesday have been canceled.

The total of canceled flights at Hartsfield Jackson-Atlanta International Airport on Wednesday -- 1,609 -- led the nation's airports, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware.

Officials at Atlanta's airport, which is Delta Air Lines' main hub, have said they plan to keep it open, with some key employees spending the night in the terminal.

In Charlotte, N.C., about half of all inbound and outbound flights for Wednesday -- a total of 727 flights -- have been cancelled, FlightAware reported. Charlotte is a major hub for US Airways.



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Forecasters say ice will make travel 'impossible'

ATLANTA (AP) — National Weather Service forecasters say huge amounts of ice will make travel "impossible" in the hardest-hit areas.

Overnight forecasters at the federal agency expressed awe as they watched the forecast turn to reality. They wrote in a memo on the weather setup that "we are watching a winter storm of historical significance beginning to unfold on the midnight shift."

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Davis said as much as about 1.34 inches of ice is possible along a corridor between Atlanta and Augusta. He said that after just about two hours of precipitation in Augusta, they'd already had an accumulation of about a quarter of an inch.



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Strong winds begin to whip across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Winds are beginning to howl across much of Georgia, with gusts of 30 mph in Chamblee, a suburb of Atlanta, the National Weather Service reported.

In west Georgia, winds were gusting up to 28 mph in Columbus shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Strong wind gusts of around 25 mph were also being reported Wednesday morning in Gainesville, Macon and Vidalia.

The National Weather Service is projecting wind gusts of up to 30 mph across much of the state Wednesday.

Forecasters say the strong winds combined with heavy ice will exacerbate the potential for trees toppling.



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Storm knocks out power to more than 177,000 in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia utility companies say more than 177,000 customers were without power as ice coated trees and brought branches and power lines down.

Georgia Power reported that more than 104,000 customers were without power shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

More than 71,000 of them were in metro Atlanta. Another 29,000 customers were in eastern Georgia; and 1,340 were without power in parts of west Georgia.

More than 2,000 customers were without power in the Macon area. A few hundred more outages were in northwest Georgia.

The Coweta-Fayette EMC is reporting that nearly 36,000 of its customers in Fayette County and 37,000 more in Coweta County were without power.

The statewide association of electric cooperatives has been unable to provide a total number of outages, so the numbers could rise significantly later Wednesday.



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