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Deadly ice storm freezes winter-weary United States

Published on Feb 13, 2014 10:56 AM
A tree is coated in ice outside a home after a rare winter ice storm swept across the South, on Feb 12, 2014 in Summerville, South Carolina. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A deadly ice storm stranded scores of people on slick roads and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of US homes on Wednesday as winter-weary Americans dug in against Mother Nature's latest blow.

More than 3,700 flights due to take off Thursday were canceled across the United States due to the wintry blast, including well over half of flights at the busiest US airport, Atlanta's Hartfield International, airline monitors said.

The National Weather Service began warning days ago that a "mammoth dome" of Arctic air would settle over the eastern United States to form a "paralysing ice storm."

"The ice accumulations remain mind-boggling, if not historical," it said, warning that more than 2.5 centimeters of ice could fall from Georgia to South Carolina.

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