More than half a million people in the Southeast found themselves in the dark Thursday after the second ice storm in as many weeks caused widespread power outages, NBC News reported. Georgia was hit the worst, with almost 230,000 homes and businesses without electricity, according to numbers from utility companies at 3:30 a.m. ET. Thousands more were also without power in South Carolina, Louisiana and Virginia. Although freezing rain had largely ended in the South, the frigid temperatures were bound to remain and ice that had built up in parts of Georgia and the Carolinas on Wednesday was expected to remain. The storm that terrorized the South has marched up the East Coast snarling the morning commute Thursday.
Ice Storm Leaves 500K Without Power Across Southeast
Shmetrice Moore, a nurse at an Emory hospital, scrapes snow and ice off her windshield as she and others are released early from their shift before a winter storm on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Johns Creek, Ga. From Texas to the Carolinas and the South's business hub in Atlanta, roads were slick with ice, tens of thousands were without power, and a wintry mix fell in many areas.