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  …but it can, and it has (3)

How about three Big Ones in a row? On January 28, 2014, a winter storm system bore down on the Southeast, causing complete gridlock on the roads in and around Atlanta, Georgia. Students were stuck on school buses for hours, and some had to spend the night in schools. So many cars were abandoned on the streets and freeways that the few available snowplows could not get anywhere.

Two weeks later, the people of the Atlanta metro area braced themselves for another storm, dubbed Winter Storm Pax. Weather forecasters predicted a “crippling event.” On February 11, CNN reported,

If you’re an Atlantan making a last-minute grocery run, here’s hoping you love corn and asparagus. Because that’s all that may be left on most shelves as residents stock up and hunker down for the ice storm.

Gone are the loaves of bread. The gallons of milk. The cans of beans and beer.

Social media was littered with photos of empty store shelves. Captions read:

Yikes!!! 7:15pm in #atlantasnow and Publix is out of bread… OMG – that equals a lot of sandwiches..

empty bread shelf…people were fighting. Yes fighting.

Another winter storm coming to Atlanta, grocery store out of bread

Everybody’s Freakin’ in Atlanta again about some snow. Some lady shoved me (While I was buying cigs; Watch IT bread-buying-Freak!!!) :)

The bread aisle is completely wiped out at Publix. Atlanta claims it’s ready for Snowpocalypse Pt. 2…fingers crossed!

This Atlanta “storm” is about to be so bad, & the panic is so bad that there is no more bread at @target.

Empty shelves… a sign of the times #snowpocalypse

Fox Carolina News tweeted,

Check out our empty shelves slideshow.

Over 80% of the city of Augusta lost power during this storm. In the aftermath, two days later, residents were unnerved when a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck, followed two days later by a 3.2 aftershock.