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Atlanta Storm: Who's to Blame for Traffic Gridlock on Icy Roads?

By Morgan Chilson   |   Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 07:09 PM

After a winter storm that effectively shut down the city of Atlanta, people are now slinging more than snow, accusing city officials and weather forecasters of causing the problem.

The South finally began to move again Thursday after a snow and ice storm brought it to a halt, especially in Atlanta where people were trapped people in cars and children were stuck in schools in schools.

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Officials across the area are looking at how the chaotic situation occurred, and at least one, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, initially blamed weather forecasters, ABC News reported.

In a Wednesday news conference, Deal cited that initial forecasts said snow would only fall south of Atlanta.

Forecasters reacted strongly to Deal’s comments that warnings could have gone out earlier Tuesday if they had just stepped up their game. The National Weather Service and others said warnings and outlooks were put out two days ahead of the storm.

"I would have acted sooner, and I think we learn from that and then we will act sooner the next time," Deal said Wednesday.

But Deal’s office changed its tune on Thursday, The Associated Press said, taking responsibility for poor preparations as the storm came in.

Deal, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, have been hit with criticism over the gridlocked streets and letting schools out during the storm.

"We did not make preparations early enough," Deal said at a Thursday news conference. "I'm not going to look for a scapegoat. I am the governor. The buck stops with me."

Deal announced that the government offices would review what happened and work to make new plans for future events.

Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency head Charley English said at the news conference Thursday, according to the AP, that he “made a terrible error in judgment” late Monday and early Tuesday and also said he made “inaccurate and regretful” comments at a previous press conference.

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