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(ATLANTA) — The Deep South was in deep trouble after a winter storm paralyzed much of the region Tuesday.

Thousands of flights were cancelled, cars spun off roads and kids were stranded in schools in the hardest hit states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

The southeast, which has already gotten hit with arctic blasts during this colder than usual winter, was pounded with ice and snow that seemed to catch everyone off guard, particularly communities that don’t have access to sand and salt trucks that keep roads from becoming slick and dangerous.

Georgia reported close to a thousand wrecks alone in the Atlanta-metro area with more than 100 injuries. Governor Nathan Deal urged motorists in affected areas to stay off the roads Wednesday.

In fact, that same advisory was delivered in Virginia all the way down to Texas. Up to a foot of snow was predicted for the Carolina Coast and Virginia before it all moves up the Eastern Seaboard and out to sea.

Meanwhile, anxious parents in areas of Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia, as well as Birmingham, Alabama, sweated out the night as their kids were having unscheduled sleepovers at schools. Many parents expressed their dismay about the situation on social media.

At least 30 Home Depot stores throughout the southeast volunteered to act as shelters by staying open overnight for people unable to get wherever they needed to go.

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