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Prepare for a soggy Labor Day

Prepare for a soggy Labor Day

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The National Weather Service says metro Atlanta is in for a wet unofficial end to summer 2013.

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Most of the state is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook alert Monday morning as rain and storms sweep through Georgia.

One county -- Haralson, on the Georgia-Alabama border -- is under a flash flood warning until noon Monday.

Other portions of the metro experienced heavy rains, swollen creeks, downed trees and, in a few cases, power outages.

Severe Weather on the Way? Preparation is Key.

Severe Weather on the Way? Preparation is Key.

The week of February 4 – 8 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Fulton County and throughout Georgia. The Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency wants you to be aware of the dangers of severe weather in our community so you can protect yourself and your family. Learn more below about common types of severe weather and how you can prepare.

GEMA's 'Ready Georgia' campaign prepares residents for severe storms

GEMA's 'Ready Georgia' campaign prepares residents for severe storms

(WXIA) -- Severe Weather Awareness week began on Monday, and Georgia Emergency Management Agency has organized a campaign to help Georgians get ready for what storms could hit neighborhoods. 

The campaign has been named Ready Georgia, and helps people prepare for the possibility of strong winds, tornadoes and flooding, a spokeswoman said. Even small things, like securing outdoor objects and getting rid of dead tree branches can make a difference. 

According to the spokeswoman, Georgians may not realize how dangerous thunderstorms can be, because they are so common to local areas.

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Flood Watch for parts of metro Atlanta through Wed. morning

Flood Watch for parts of metro Atlanta through Wed. morning

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flood watch through Wednesday morning for the northern portion of Georgia from Atlanta northward.

The watch area includes Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Polk, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Paulding, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas and DeKalb counties; and includes the cities of Gainesville, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Carrollton, Douglasville, Rome, Dahlonega, East Point, Decatur, Cartersville and the city of Atlanta.

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Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.

Severe Weather Forecast for Tonight and Monday!

Severe Weather Forecast for Tonight and Monday!

Our pleasant weekend weather pattern is about to change.  A trough in the jetstream to our north will direct a series of disturbances through the area tonight and tomorrow.  The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma has forecast a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for Monday.  We will likely see two rounds of Thunderstorms which could turn severe.  The first one will hit overnight and into tomorrow morning the second round will move in later in the day.  Expect damaging winds up to 60 mph and large hair if these Thunderstorms turn severe.

Fulton County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Fulton County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Hurricane Season

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Despite early activity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict a near-normal hurricane season in 2012 Fulton County Health Services’ Office of Emergency Preparedness recommends that concerned residents start to prepare now.  The predictions are about normal for the Atlantic hurricane season, but come after several busier-than-average hurricane seasons.  There were 19 named storms in both 2011 and 2010.  NOAA's forecast is consistent with previous forecasts issued by the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University and the National Hurricane Center.