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Lightning strikes man on window-washing scaffold

ATLANTA -- Officials with the Atlanta Fire Department said a man was struck by lightning while on a window-washing scaffold on a downtown hotel building Thursday afternoon.  

It happened at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, at the corner of John Portman Boulevard and Peachtree Center Avenue. 

Hotel general manager Erica Qualls says the man was working with AAA National Maintenance, a window-washing company. Qualls said the man had been washing windows earlier in the day, but at the time he was struck, he was securing ropes.

Qualls said Marriott has a policy that no roof work is to be done when there is lightning in the area, and says she does not know why he was still up there.

The man has been transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. The man's condition is unknown, at this time. 

More Rain Moving into the Metro Area

More Rain Moving into the Metro Area

Another area of heavy rain has developed out west and is moving right towards metro Atlanta. As of right now there are no warnings on this area of rain nor do I anticipate that happening. There are a few lightning strikes from the storm moving into parts of Polk county as of 9:30 tonight, but all the other areas of rain are lightning free. The cluster of "storms" is moving towards the east at around 25mph and should move through the metro area around 10-11pm. More storms are expected across the state later tomorrow afternoon as a cold front moves through, check back here on the blog at around 11pm and I will have a post about tomorrow's scenario.

 

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INCREDIBLE Video from the ISS

This is a montage of time lapse videos from the International Space Station. From Auroras to sunrise / sunsets to lightning, this is some incredible video you need to see!

 

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Parts of Gwinnett Could See Damaging Winds

Parts of Gwinnett Could See Damaging Winds

A storm moving through Gwinnett county could be producing some damaging straight line winds as it moves towards Lawerenceville and Suwanee. In addition to this wind, there is a lot of lightning and very heavy rain. Minor flash flooding is likely with this storm as it heads NE at 40!!

 

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Atlanta Weather | Heavy Rain Moving In

This Afternoon

We have a very large area of very heavy rain with some embedded t-storms moving in from the west. Parts of the N Georgia area has already seen 1-2 inches of rain today, the potential for another 1-1.5 inches is possible later today. Some of these storms could produce gusty winds, but for the most part they will just produce a lot of rain and lightning.

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Faster Tornado Warnings Coming?

Faster Tornado Warnings Coming?

A new program developed by the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) called Warn-On Forecast aims to help provide more warning time for tornadoes, flash flooding, and severe thunderstorms. Current data shows that trends in yearly-averaged tornado warning lead times are starting to plateau (average lead time right now is 13-15 minutes), and any further increases in that lead time is becoming more difficult to obtain. This new program, however, would allow meteorologists to predict severe weather simply by inserting current radar data into a computer model. That computer then uses that data combined with algorithms, formulas, and statistics to determine probable directions and behaviors of a storm.  Unfortunately, this program is not ready to be used right now.

Severe T-Storm Watch Possible / Radar Update

Severe T-Storm Watch Possible / Radar Update

The storms prediction center is monitoring an area in central / western sections of the state later this afternoon. For the majority of the morning and early afternoon there has been a large area of very heavy rain with embedded lightning that has moved in to the W/NW sections of the state. There have been no reports of damage, but there occasionally has been some very gusty winds with these storms.

As of 2pm there were 3 areas of rain: One large are in far N Georgia, another in the SW sections of the N Georgia area, and one in the metro. The one in the metro will continue to develop and move NE at 20, some of those storms could produce gusty winds and very heavy rain. The ones out to the west of the metro area are of more concern since they are moving into an area of very unstable air. Everything is moving towards the NE at around 20mph and we will continue to monitor.