A driver negotiates an ice patch near Georgia State University in Atlanta.
(Via CSM) – Sections of West Virginia
saw the lowest temperatures in 25 years, while in Virginia
temperatures broke records set in the 1950s
Unlike folks in the often-frigid North, people in the South are not accustomed – and not typically equipped – to weather such a chill.
The cold weather is putting stress on the electricity grid in states where a large share of residents rely on electric heat. The Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the South’s largest public utilities, said electricity demand Tuesday morning reached the second-highest winter peak since the 1920s.
Some Tennessee residents lost power intermittently during the night. A large utility in South Carolina implemented 15-minute rolling blackouts to address demand.
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