Snow and ice leave one dead, shut down Deep South

Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:18am EST
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By Matthew Bigg

ATLANTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Snow and ice carpeted much of the Deep South on Monday, leaving one person dead in Alabama, cutting off power to around 4,000 people in Georgia and closing countless roads, authorities said.

Up to nine inches of snow fell in highland parts of the South but authorities said a bigger problem was icy roads.

One person died overnight in a weather-related accident in Coaling, western Alabama, according to Yasamie Richardson, spokesman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

"Any time you have ice on the road it is more of a concern than snow," Richardson said.

Authorities have declared a state of emergency in Georgia and Alabama, freeing up state resources for local government use if necessary.

They have also closed schools and local government offices across Georgia, throughout most of Alabama and in South Carolina and parts of Mississippi.

Delta, the dominant carrier at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, canceled more than 1,450 flights, including those operated by its regional affiliates.

Spokesman Anthony Black said that number represented about 25 percent of all planned Delta flights for the day. He added most of the canceled flights were Atlanta departures and arrivals.   Continued...

<p>A woman dons her fur hood after coming out of the subway during a snow flurry near Times Square in New York January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>