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Central Georgians battle Atlanta traffic

Somewhere in the middle of the pileup in Atlanta Tuesday night was Michelle Johnson, who some may recognize as the reigning Miss Warner Robins. She left her Atlanta office around 1 p.m. and it took more than seven hours to get home.

After taking more than an hour to travel about two miles, Johnson says she decided to walk three miles to her house.

"There were hundreds of cars just abandoned on the side of the road," says Johnson. "It was really scary. I personally saw quite a few accidents happen just walking."

Meanwhile, somewhere else in Atlanta, Stephanie Marciotis was trying to make it home to Woodstock after leaving a meeting with her co-worker Hope Shields in Macon. Shields says she spoke with Marciotis several times during her nearly 14 hour trip.

"She had friends calling area hotels trying to find her somewhere to stay, and there was not a hotel room within 45 miles," says Shields.

Both Johnson and Shields, along with nearly 50,000 others, turned to a fast-growing Facebook page called SnowedOutAtlanta for help.

Some members of the group posted requests for food, gas, and shelter. Others posted that they were willing to help.

"It was just such a great Facebook group that was created," says Shields.

Johnson made it home and Marciotis made it to another co-worker's home Tuesday night. Shields says Marciotis was able to drive back to Woodstock Wednesday afternoon.


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