Deep Freeze

By the Numbers: Wicked Ice Storm Takes Massive Toll on South

Image: Walter Moore spreads salt outside of a downtown building as Don Johnson and Bernanrd Washington shovel ice after an ice storm blanketed Atlanta

Walter Moore spreads salt outside of a downtown building as Don Johnson (L), and Bernanrd Washington (R) shovel ice after an ice storm blanketed Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday. TAMI CHAPPELL / Reuters

A ferocious ice storm was wreaking havoc Wednesday across the Southeast, cutting power for more than 400,000 customers and caking streets in ice and snow.

Georgia — not accustomed to dealing with such wintry chaos — was the bull's eye for the storm, with wide swaths of the state in the dark.

Here's a running tally of the storm's impact:

3,404: The number of flights canceled into and ot of U.S. airports Wednesday, according to And 3,510 more were delayed.

2,800: The number of beds available in shelters across Georgia, according to Gov. Nathan Deal — although most were unused Wednesday afternoon because residents were following orders to stay home.

60%: The approximate amount of the U.S. sheeted in snow Wednesday.


15: The number of days since the last freak storm practically ground Atlanta to a halt, stranding motorists on highways — some overnight — and forcing kids to camp out at school.

53,011: The number of members of SnowedOutAtlanta, a Facebook group formed Jan. 28 — the day that last storm hit — to help link stranded motorists with people willing to put them up for the night.

35 mph: The top recorded wind gust Wednesday in the Charlotte, N.C., area, according to the National Weather Service.

1,000: The number of Georgia National Guard personnel standing at the ready, according to adjutant general Jim Butterworth.

15: The number of Twitter users — including The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel — who compared Georgia's deserted roads and desolate highways Wednesday to the post-apocalyptic zombie series "The Walking Dead."

79 percent: Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers who in an (unscientific) poll on the newspaper's website said they were more worried about losing electricity and heat than they were about driving on icy streets, falling trees and limbs, and running out of food.

88: The age of an Atlanta-area woman injured after a tree crashed through the roof of her home amid brutal gusts of wind and freezing rain.

14 inches: The amount of snow forecast for parts of North Carolina by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

4,400 tons: The amount of de-icing salt available to crews in South Carolina, according to Gov. Nikki Haley.

19: The difference, in degrees Fahrenheit, between the mean temperature Wednesday in Augusta, Ga., (34 degrees), and the mean temperature the same day a year ago (53 degrees), according to Weather Underground.

$35 million: The estimated damage wrought by a vicious Atlanta storm 14 years ago. The ice blast in 2000 cut power to 500,000 homes and businesses, according to the AP.

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NBC News' Polly DeFrank, Helen Popkin, Patrick Rizzo, M. Alex Johnson, Ben Popken, and Lisa Tolin contributed to this report.