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Tornado Threat Increasing Across the Western Sections of the State

Tornado Threat Increasing Across the Western Sections of the State

The dynamics in the atmosphere are starting to get a bit more organized in the western sections of the state where the potential for tornadoes is beginning to increase. The timing on the storms will be 8-9pm in the western sections of the state, and around 11-1 in the metro Atlanta area. The main threat for metro Atlanta will be damaging winds, possibly an isolated tornado as well.

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Friday Night Severe Weather for Atlanta

Atlanta Severe Weather | Severe Weather Likely Tonight

Atlanta Severe Weather | Severe Weather Likely Tonight

The Situation

It has been a rough morning for parts of Alabama with reports of a long tracked tornado hitting parts of Huntsville hard.... This was all along a retreating warm front that we talked about yesterday. This afternoon that warm front will have moved through all of N GA and will set the stage for later tonight. Storms are currently forming along a cold front in IL, KY, TN, and MO... This is the front that is heading towards our state. All of N GA is under a moderate risk as you can see below. All of the metro area is under a 10% chance of a tornado happening within a 25 mile point, with most of it under a 15% chance. Those are high probabilities folks..... The atmosphere will be condusive for tornadoes across parts of N Georgia later tonight into tomorrow morning. Strong Damaging winds are also possible as well as large hail. Again this is a serious situation for N Georgia later tonight.

Timing

Lottery serves up $108M Mega Millions jackpot

Lottery serves up $108M Mega Millions jackpot

ATLANTA -- Mega Millions has swelled with the jackpot for tonight's drawing at an estimated $108 million to a single annuity winner.

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Atlanta Severe Weather | Risk for NW Georgia Upgraded

Atlanta Severe Weather | Risk for NW Georgia Upgraded

 

The midwest have been taking it on the chin last night, look at the storm reports map and you will see that 14 tornadoes have touched down in the last 24 hours!!

Short Term

Today will be about the same as yesterday with a lot of clouds around N Georgia, but with the southerly winds and breaks in the clouds we will make it up into the 70's. There is a chance of a scattered shower or two around the area but for the most part we will just stay gray and warm throughout the day.

Severe Threat Upgraded

The SPC has gone ahead and upgraded a lot of N Georgia to a moderate risk. Notice it is in the area we talked about yesterday for having the highest chance of seeing severe weather this evening / night. Lets go over each map I have below so you can have a better understanding of what the SPC is talking about.

NBAF announces Dr. Michael Simanga as new Executive Director

NBAF announces Dr. Michael Simanga as new Executive Director

Atlanta -- NBAF is an Atlanta-based, non-profit arts and cultural organization founded in 1987. The mission of NBAF is to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression.  NBAF (National Black Arts Festival) recently announced its selection of Dr. Michael Simanga as Executive Director of NBAF. As the new Executive Director, Dr. Simanga will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of NBAF’s operation. He will also guide the administrative, fiscal, programmatic and community relationships for the organization.

“After careful consideration, NBAF’s Board of Directors has selected Dr. Michael Simanga as Executive Director of NBAF,” said Evern Cooper Epps, NBAF Board Chair. “Michael is mindful of the changing times and conditions that arts organizations face, and will work to complete the transition and develop a new business model for NBAF.”