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Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Short Term

We have storms delveoping all across the metro area this morning, as of 9:45 nothing is severe. As you can see down below there are more storms west of the metro area that will be moving in here soon. There is a lot of lightning with these storms. There are more storms to the north along the cold front that will be moving in later on this morning. The 3rd image below is what is called helicity. What that is is the amount of spin in the atmosphere and there is a lot of it just south of the front. The thing that is lacking this morning is instability, it is very limited. So as these storms continue to come in from the west and the north look for the main threat to be in the form of wind, hail, and heavy rain. There have been some unconfirmed reports of some wind damage in Carroll county.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Northwesten Cobb County and Paulding County until 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Weather and warnings are going off all over the greaert metro area.  Please visit 11alive.com for most up to date info and also visit our weather blog at WizArmy.11Alive.com 

Weekend Weather and Tropical Update

Tired of the wedge yet?  That east wind that brought in the clouds and cooler air yesterday is sticking with us for a big part of the weekend.  We will continue with weather today that will be very similar to what we had yesterday.  Expect a good coverage of clouds with only a few thin spots in the clouds at times to allow just a few peeks of sun here and there. 

That east wind brings in a shallow layer of cool air at the surface.  That will keep our temps in the lower 70s today.  Our high yesterday was 72.  The wedge will be slow to break.  I expect the clouds to hold with us Sunday.  We may have a few more breaks in the clouds Sunday which will help temperatures to get up to 75.

Oconee sheriff's office uses social media, technology to inform, interact with residents

Oconee sheriff's office uses social media, technology to inform, interact with residents

Law enforcement agencies continue to grow and develop their communications with the public in today's age of social media.

On Tuesday, we addressed the use of social media and other technology by officials at UGA, and in Athens and Oconee County during severe weather to pass information on to constiutents.

Chief Deputy Lee Weems of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office has spearheaded the use of such technology in his department, regularly updating the office's Facebook, Twitter and Nixle feeds.

Alerts issued during severe weather help keep community safe

Alerts issued during severe weather help keep community safe

Modern technology played a key role in informing the Athens community of impending danger during Monday's stormy weather.

The University of Georgia's UGAAlert system was activated, and students and faculty received text messages, phone calls, and email alerts at about 4:50pm on Monday, informing them that a tornado warning had been issued in Athens-Clarke County.  As of January 2009, published reports placed the number of students, staff and faculty registered to receive the alerts at 60,000.

Amy Richburg is an Athens resident, a mother, and a UGA alumna.  She says she finds UGA Alerts to be useful.

I wouldn't have known we were under a tornado watch otherwise because we weren't watching tv. My mom also called to notify us (she is listed on my UGA alert too) so it's good if I don't have my phone, that I can still get the information. I get called, texted, and emailed.

EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County

EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County

ATLANTA -- At least one tornado, along with severe storms, ripped through parts of Metro Atlanta Monday, damaging dozens of homes and claiming the life of a Gwinnett County man.

Surveyers from the National Weather Service said a long-tracked EF1 tornado touched down in Woodstock and moved northward some 24 miles before lifting at Ball Ground. Officials said the twister clocked winds at about 90 mph, and at its widest was a quarter-mile wide. Most tornadoes associated with tropical systems like Lee produce very short touchdowns.

Officials said about 400 structures had been affected, and that it was the fifth tornado in Cherokee County over the past four years. County officials said they were lucky that it struck on the holiday with school out of session. School buses would have been on the roads were the storm to happen on a school day.

FORECAST: Lee bringing rain to Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The remnants of Tropical Depression Lee are spreading tropical moisture into Georgia.  So far, we've seen mainly light rain south and west of Atlanta.  Some of that rain could be heavy at times today.

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There is also the potential for some stronger thunderstorms to develop Today.  The main threats will be heavy rain and the potential for flooding in some localized areas. Rain totals will be anywhere from 2 to 4 inches and even some higher amounts possible north and west.

The rain totals will depend on the track and speed of what is left of Lee as it moves from Mississippi into Alabama.  We will have more updates with any changes.