Help headed to Atlanta ahead of another winter storm


CenterPoint Energy says it is sending 60 linemen and support personnel to the Atlanta area.

This is part of a mutual assistance agreement to help local utility companies during widespread power outages.

This isn't the first time CenterPoint has sent crews to other regions. These linemen helped restore power in Maryland and the Washington DC area after Superstorm Sandy, among others.

This deployment comes just two weeks after a storm in Atlanta made a complete mess of traffic. State and city officials are hoping this week's storms don't cause the same kind of trouble.

Numerous stories flooded out of the Atlanta area two weeks ago of commuters stuck in traffic for 20 hours, people left with no option but to abandon their cars and people stranded and sleeping on the floor of local businesses.

This time, many of them aren't taking any chances.

CNN reports that shelves of grocery stores have been cleared as people made a run on supplies, planning to spend the week stuck indoors.

Governor Nathan Deal joined the media as he toured a Georgia Department of Transportation facility yesterday, explaining some of what is going into the preparations.

"We will not be treating every lane on the interstate," he said. "The goal will be to keep two lanes open and operational."

The Georgia Highway Patrol is also telling truck drivers to stay out of Atlanta unless absolutely necessary and stick to the interstate loop around the city.

Even Georgia Power is set up in its storm center, preparing for the worst ahead of this week's winter storms and hoping for the best.

CNN contributed to this report.

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