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What you need to know about the Camelopardalid meteor shower

What you need to know about the Camelopardalid meteor shower

The cosmos has aligned, quite literally, for families, space geeks and insomniacs alike, as the Earth is set to intercept a new meteor shower late Friday into Saturday.

The scientists who discovered the cosmic debris say the Camelopardalid shower could be "significant."

Some forecasts show 200 to 1,000 meteors an hour between 2 and 4 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday.

Officials: EF-1 tornado touched down in Banks Co.

Officials: EF-1 tornado touched down in Banks Co.

ATLANTA -- The National Weather Service says Wednesday night's windstorm spawned a tornado in Banks County.

Officials called the storm a "high-end" EF-1 category tornado with wind speeds estimated at 107 miles per hour. They said the storm initially touched down in a heavily wooded area near the intersection of Wright Street and Scales Creek Road, about 1.4 miles north of Homer. The storm moved northeast from there, before lifting about 9.1 miles northeast of Homer.

The storm track was at least 200 yards wide, and, according to National Weather Service officials, was on the ground for 7.8 miles. No severe structural damage or injuries resulted from the tornado.

The tornado snapped tree trunks and caused minor roof damage to one home.

Federal report gauges U.S. impacts of global warming

Federal report gauges U.S. impacts of global warming

Global warming is affecting where and how Americans live and work, and evidence is mounting that burning fossil fuels has made extreme weather such as heat waves and heavy precipitation much more likely in the USA, according to a massive federal report released Tuesday at the White House.

READ the report and White House action plan here

Windy with scattered rain today

Windy with scattered rain today

So far the rain has been light with only a few thunderstorms around. The chance for showers will continue this afternoon. We could see an additional 1 to 2 inches through tonight. Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, mainly southeast of the city of Atlanta.
Winds will be an issue this morning. South winds will be 15 to 25mph, with gust up to 40mph.
We will see gradual clearing as the front moves through this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s.

Sunshine will return by Friday and hang around for the weekend. Highs will return to the 80s next week.

Tornado watch canceled; more storms possible later

Tornado watch canceled; more storms possible later

More scattered severe storms are expected later today. This includes the potential for damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.

Heavy rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible with this system today through Thursday and thus minor to moderate river flooding is possible with isolated flash flooding.

Most of the metro is under a FLOOD WATCH until early Thursday morning.

Strong winds bring down trees in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA – Strong winds brought down trees and knocked out power to some homes in the metro Atlanta area on Tuesday.

In Marietta, a tree crashed onto a home on Sugar Creek Drive, trapping two women. It took first-responders 45 minutes to get the tree off of the women. One woman was airlifted to a hospital, while the other was taken away by ambulance, police said.

Marietta Street in Atlanta was blocked between Spring Street and Fairlie Street due to broken glass in the roadway, the Atlanta Police Department tweeted.

One tree brought down power lines on Bolton Road in northwest Atlanta, causing a grass fire.

Another tree fell on Spring Avenue and crushed an Acura MDX.

Morgan Co. officials unveil community tornado shelters

MORGAN COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – Three years ago this month, a tornado damaged a mobile home in Morgan County. Now, officials there have come up with a way to protect their citizens.

On Tuesday, officials cut a ribbon on two new tornado shelters that were paid for with a FEMA grant.

The shelters are made of a quarter-inch of steel and are bolted and welded onto a concrete pad. They weigh 300,000 pounds and can hold 200 people.

The shelters are the first of their kind in the state of Georgia.