A huge number of Atlanta‘s students were stranded all night long in their schools. Countless drivers abandoned their cars to seek shelter at fire stations, churches and grocery stores. Another woman gave birth while stuck in traffic. There was one reported death.. And it was all over 2 inches of the white stuff..
Atlanta, home to major corporations and the world’s busiest airport, was Exhibit A for how a Southern city could be sent reeling by what most would consider a minor winter dusting.
The result was gridlock on freeways, with countless vehicles appearing stranded, many of which ended up abandoned. Officials said thousands of kids stayed overnight in their schools.
One traffic death was reported in Atlanta – that of a man killed in a crash resulting from the weather.
“I’m not thinking about a grade right now,” the mayor said when asked about the city’s response. “I’m thinking about getting people out of their cars.”
National Guardsmen in Hummers, state troopers and transportation crews delivered food and other relief, and by Wednesday night, Deal said all Atlanta-area schoolchildren were back home with their parents.