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Storm, bringing deadly ice and snow, slams US South

Published on Feb 13, 2014 7:17 AM

ATLANTA (REUTERS) - A deadly winter storm potentially more destructive than the one that paralysed Atlanta just two weeks ago gripped the southern United States (US) on Wednesday, crippling travel, knocking out power to more than 330,000 customers and encasing magnolia trees and palmetto fronds in ice.

The weather was blamed for at least 10 deaths throughout the region, including three who were killed when an ambulance transporting a patient skidded off an icy road in Carlsbad, Texas, about 386km south-west of Dallas, the Texas Department of Public Safety said on Wednesday.

Road conditions quickly deteriorated in South Carolina and North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, creating a nightmarish commute for drivers in a hurry to get home as the snowfall got heavier and the ice thickened.

Traffic in many places came to a standstill, vehicles skidded off slippery roads and emergency officials urged drivers not to abandon their vehicles, a scenario reminiscent of the messy commute during the storm in Atlanta last month.

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