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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.

Drought spreads into North Georgia

Drought spreads into North Georgia

ATLANTA -- Georgia's state climatologist says extreme drought conditions have now spread into North Georgia and cover most of the state south of the mountains.

Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia's counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

In his most recent reports on the drought, Stooksbury said the outlook for relief in the short-term is not promising. Unless Georgia sees some tropical weather over the next few months, the state can expect below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures.

Without tropical rain, Georgia's soil is expected to continue to dry out. Stream flows, groundwater levels and reservoir levels are expected to continue to drop, and wildfire potentials are expected to remain high to extreme.

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MLK Dedication Canceled Due to Hurricane Irene

MLK Dedication Canceled Due to Hurricane Irene

Who would have thought that the east coast would ever feel the remnants of an earthquake and now just two days away from the Martin Luther King Dedication, a hurricane threatens to sweep through the coast, leaving MLK foundation officials to cancel activities past Saturday morning.This evening Harry E. Johnson, Sr. president and CEO  of the Washington DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. released a statement saying "It is with a heavy heart and enormous disappointment that we announce that, in the interest of public safety, we are forced to change our plans."

Johnson states that the Partners in the Dream MLK Store and Women Who Dare to Dream Luncheon on Friday will continue as planned. Additionally, the National Prayer Service will continue, however, the official dedication ceremony will be moved to a date yet determined in September or October. 

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