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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.
 

Roswell Hail Video

Check out this incredible hail video from Christine Sever in Roswell last night!

 

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Monster Sunspot Coming Into Earth's Views

Monster Sunspot Coming Into Earth's Views

I found this article on Space.com and thought you would enjoy it!

An enormous sunspot group has taken shape on the surface of the sun, hinting that our star may soon start spouting off some powerful storms.

Crazy Blue Line, What is it??

Crazy Blue Line, What is it??

First and foremost we have strong storms across N Georgia tonight. As of 1am nothing is severe, but don't be surprised if another warning pops up tonight..... That last storm in Forsyth and Hall was on its way down when the NWS issued the warning, I doubt there will be any reports of damage from it. We can expect storms to continue to propagate towards the south tonight, but the main source of energy is now gone.... Which is what this blog is all about.

Gust Front / Outflow Boundary