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(ATLANTA) — A massive winter storm that experts are calling “catastrophic” is churning its way through the South, grounding flights, keeping cars off the road and shuttering schools and businesses.

In Georgia alone, more than 100,000 customers are without power. Atlanta, the region’s hub for commerce and travel, is under a state of emergency and frozen in half an inch of ice. And there are at least 254,000 homes and businesses without power across at least six southern states.

Unaccustomed to such weather, cities and states are straining to provide services and oversee a timely clean-up, while panicked residents have cleared supermarket shelves of staples.

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