Ga. emergency chief called storm 'weather thing' - Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

Ga. emergency chief called storm 'weather thing'

Posted: Updated:

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.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Crews respond to house fire in Cartersville

    Crews respond to house fire in Cartersville

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:04 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:04:45 GMT
    Firefighters are responding to a blaze in the Waterford subdivision in Cartersville. According to the fire department, the multiple crews responded to the scene. Officials did not release the cause of the fire.
    Firefighters are responding to a blaze in the Waterford subdivision in Cartersville. According to the fire department, the multiple crews responded to the scene. Officials did not release the cause of the fire.
  • CDC worker returns from West Africa, low-risk Ebola exposure

    CDC worker returns from West Africa, low-risk Ebola exposure

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:54:44 GMT
    Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday that one of their staff members has returned from West Africa after low-risk exposure to the Ebola virus.
    Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday that one of their staff members has returned from West Africa after low-risk exposure to the Ebola virus.
  • Report: 'Magic Mike' sequel to film in GA

    Report: 'Magic Mike' sequel to film in GA

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:32:54 GMT
    Georgia newsGeorgia news
    The Savannah Film Office says the sequel to the movie Magic Mike is scheduled to be filmed in the Savannah area beginning in September, WSAV-TV reports.
    The Savannah Film Office says the sequel to the movie Magic Mike is scheduled to be filmed in the Savannah area beginning in September, WSAV-TV reports.
Powered by WorldNow

1551 Briarcliff Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Main Number: (404) 875-5555
News Tips: (404) 898-0100

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices