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Winter storm being called "catastrophic, crippling, and historic"

A "catastrophic, crippling, and historic" ice storm is impacting the southeast today, with more than an inch of ice expected in many locations.

At least 23 states from Texas to Maine are under winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories this morning.
Parts of the deep south are already experiencing freezing rain, along with bitterly cold temperatures and widespread power outages.

It's an icy, slushy mess from Dallas to Atlanta and north to Charlotte. A region not used to such a serious wintry blast, feeling under siege.
It's like snowing ice balls. It's not really the soft snow that I'm used to.
Forecasters have warned of the worst ice storm for the south in a decade.

They're using words like "historic, catastrophic and crippling" with the worst yet to come.
"Hopefully, you are sheltered in place and prepared for a long stay"
For Atlanta, it's a tale of two storms.  After that nightmare scenario two weeks ago, today the city is largely deserted. 

National Guard troops are at the ready. Overnight hundreds of utility vehicles prepared to triage downed trees and power lines. If there is down power lines, act like it is energized move away from it . don't approach it, give us a call

Across the region, the roads have been dangerous and deadly.  In North Carolina, the snow and ice sent some drivers spinning.  At least four people have been killed in icy accidents in Texas two more in Mississippi.

First responders across the south working around the clock --What's it like to be a patrol officer in these elements? Is your job harder?

You can say it's a little harder. You know slip and slide in the gravel. But we have the snow chains we getting on all the cars to help us maneuver.

And it's another devastating week for airlines and passengers at the nation's busiest airport in Atlanta, more than 1500 flights have been
 cancelled with more than 2500 scrapped nationwide.

As the storm pushes north, it'll keep flyers grounded dumping snow, ice and freezing rain all the way up the northeast.
Here in Georgia, those much-feared power outages are beginning to mount.  More than 75,000 residents are now in the dark in this state alone.