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Atlanta, Georgia prepare for winter weather, Obama declares emergency

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President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in the state of Georgia, paving the way for federal resources to aid with any state and local response efforts to projected winter weather.

A wintry mix is slated to hit North Georgia in the predawn hours of Wednesday and possibly knock out power to thousands of residents, two weeks after two inches of snow paralyzed the region for days and left some drivers stranded in their cars for hours or roadways across the region.

The looming weather could be one of the worst storms to hit the region in decades, some experts are predicting. And, officials at all levels of government are taking no chances in response to the latest threat of winter weather.

“My primary request to the president was for generators in the case of power outages,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement. “The federal declaration makes those available, but it also allows us to ask for other supplies, such as food, blankets and commodities, as needs develop.”

Roads in Metro Atlanta were noticeably quieter during Tuesday’s morning and evening commutes after government officials asked motorists to stay at home if at all possible.

Deal wasted little time as well on Monday, declaring a state of emergency for 14 counties in North Georgia. By early Monday afternoon, the governor expanded his declaration to include 45 total counties in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

On Tuesday, Deal further expanded the state of emergency to cover a total of 91 counties.

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