Ga. emergency chief called storm 'weather thing' - KMSP-TV

Ga. emergency chief called storm 'weather thing'

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ATLANTA (AP) - When the storm that paralyzed traffic in Atlanta started, the head of Georgia's emergency management office described it as a "weather 'thing" that would be better by Thursday.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director Charley English was wrong and has since apologized. No minor event, the storm brought snow and ice that caused massive gridlock on the region's highways, stranding thousands of motorists and schoolchildren.

The Associated Press obtained English's storm-related emails using the state's open records law.

Those emails show that English received initial forecasts showing the worst weather would hit south of Atlanta. There's little conversation about later forecasts that warned the city itself would be seriously affected.

In a sign of the trouble, English told the governor's office Wednesday that helicopters were ferrying in supplies for those stranded.

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