Northern Georgia Preparing For Ice Storm

Northern Georgia Preparing For Ice Storm

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ATHENS, GEORGIA -

Freezing rain and ice are causing problems in Athens, Georgia Wednesday night.

"Blake it's pretty icy here when you look around that yard you can see our footprints there but everywhere you go there's at least a quarter inch of ice around the neighborhood and as you get out in the main streets," said Josh Brown, a resident of Athens.

Firewood is stacked and it's hard to come by in a lot of areas. Those living in parts of the peach state are forced to stay home Wednesday, making do with what they have.

"At this point with all the firewood that we have I think we're going to be pretty good. We've got a guy that came by and dropped a truckload off not too long ago before the roads got too bad. As long as we keep the house warm, if the power goes out I think we're going to be okay," said Brown.

"We have a heck of a lot of trees in Georgia, those trees start falling, when they fall they bring down power lines," said Aaron Strickland with Georgia Power.

Local power crews are telling residents to prepare for the worst.

"We could see the most significant ice storm in 10 to 20 years. While we do not seek to cause undue harm, we do feel that you should be fully aware of the possible impact of a major ice storm and resulting power outages," Walton EMC released in a statement to residents.

"Pretty much everywhere you go when you're outside there's at least a quarter of an inch, maybe a half inch of ice, out on the road and when you get out there it's hard. We tried to make it to the top of the hill, but we're trapped in. The local guys are saying it's probably going to be Friday before we can even get out of here," said Brown.

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