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Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Short Term

We have storms delveoping all across the metro area this morning, as of 9:45 nothing is severe. As you can see down below there are more storms west of the metro area that will be moving in here soon. There is a lot of lightning with these storms. There are more storms to the north along the cold front that will be moving in later on this morning. The 3rd image below is what is called helicity. What that is is the amount of spin in the atmosphere and there is a lot of it just south of the front. The thing that is lacking this morning is instability, it is very limited. So as these storms continue to come in from the west and the north look for the main threat to be in the form of wind, hail, and heavy rain. There have been some unconfirmed reports of some wind damage in Carroll county.

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Absentee ballots available beginning Sat., Jan. 21

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- With Super Tuesday just six weeks away, absentee voting begins in Georgia on Saturday. Voters can request an absentee ballot through Friday, March 2.

Absentee ballots must be returned to their county's election office by the close of the polls on March 6. Ballots cast by overseas and military voters must be postmarked on or before March 6, but will be accepted through the close of business on March 9, 2012.

Georgia voters are not required to provide a reason for requesting or casting an absentee ballot.

To obtain an absentee ballot request form, visit the Secretary of State's website.

8 Ryan's restaurants closed in Georgia

ATLANTA -- Buffets Inc., owner of the Ryan's restaurant chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week. The company released its list of closures on Friday which it includes eight locations in Georgia.

Ryan's in Warner-Robins, Stockbridge and Thomasville were closed Jan. 19. On Friday, Ryan's in Martinez, Calhoun, Canton, Cartersville and Macon were shuttered.

Buffets now runs 21 Ryan's restaurants in Georgia.

First State Bank of Stockbridge seized by regulators

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (WXIA) -- State officials seized the First State Bank in Stockbridge Friday.

Deposit accounts from the bank were transferred to Hamilton State Bank in Hoschton, Ga.

The locations of First State Bank will reopen during their normal business hours as branches of Hamilton State Bank. Federal regulators said they have insured all deposits from First State Bank.

They went on to say that any checks drawn on First State Bank will be processed as usual and paid against customers' outstanding balances as if no change had occurred. Hamilton State Bank will be contacting First State Bank customers soon regarding any potential changes in their account status.

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Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

ATLANTA -- If the kids are getting restless and screaming for a family vacation, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can pay $99 for a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

This exclusive offer, valued at $328, is good for two adults and up to three children, and includes one night at the James Manor hotel, in the heart of all the action; $100 worth of dining certificates; a gift basket upon arrival; and five passes to the Lazer Port Fun Center.

Milton and McEachern top the Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA--The latest edition of the USA Today Super 25 high school basketball polls for metro Atlanta has the Milton Boys and the McEachern Girls on top.Miller Grove, Columbia, Douglas County, and Shiloh complete the boys top 5. Wesleyan, Norcross,Parkview, and Stephenson complete the Girls top 5.

Verizon Wireless expands its 4G service to the city of McDonough

McDonough - In a press release from Verizon Wireless, its is reported that as of January 19th Verizon customers in the McDonough area will now be able to take advantage of their new 4G Lite service.  The expanded area includes the city of McDonough along U.S. Highway 23, State Route 81, State Route 20, I-75 and surrounding neighborhoods.

The complete press release follows: 


Atlanta, ga – On Jan. 19, Verizon Wireless customers in more areas of Atlanta can take advantage of Verizon Wireless’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the fastest 4G network in the nation.  The expanded 4G coverage area includes the residential and commercial areas in the city of McDonough along U.S. Highway 23, State Route 81, State Route 20, I-75 and surrounding neighborhoods.