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The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Northwesten Cobb County and Paulding County until 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Weather and warnings are going off all over the greaert metro area.  Please visit 11alive.com for most up to date info and also visit our weather blog at WizArmy.11Alive.com 

Weekend Weather and Tropical Update

Tired of the wedge yet?  That east wind that brought in the clouds and cooler air yesterday is sticking with us for a big part of the weekend.  We will continue with weather today that will be very similar to what we had yesterday.  Expect a good coverage of clouds with only a few thin spots in the clouds at times to allow just a few peeks of sun here and there. 

That east wind brings in a shallow layer of cool air at the surface.  That will keep our temps in the lower 70s today.  Our high yesterday was 72.  The wedge will be slow to break.  I expect the clouds to hold with us Sunday.  We may have a few more breaks in the clouds Sunday which will help temperatures to get up to 75.

September is Emergency Preparedness Month - Officials Urge Residents to Plan Ahead

September is Emergency Preparedness Month - Officials Urge Residents to Plan Ahead

The month of September is Emergency Preparedness month, and Henry County’s Emergency Management Agency Director wants residents to be as prepared as possible in the event of an emergency. Each week, throughout September, we’ll focus on a different aspect of Emergency Preparedness.

As Hurricane Irene churned her way up the eastern seaboard late last month, it was a stark reminder to residents how devastating Mother Nature can be and how important it is to be as prepared as possible. In addition to severe flooding and wind damage throughout several states, several hundred thousand residents along the east coast and inland were left with out basic utilities, such as electricity and water. Although the widespread damage could have been much more severe, proper planning is what helped some residents get through several days until help arrived. 

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.

HAMPTON: Rain-delayed NASCAR race begins at AMS

HAMPTON: Rain-delayed NASCAR race begins at AMS

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Drivers finally got to start their engines Tuesday.

The AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway had to be postponed Sunday night because of rain from then-Tropical Storm Lee.

"It's tough that we don't have rain tries and the ability to go in any conditions," driver Kurt Busch said over the weekend. "But we'll have to wait until Mother Nature says we're good to go."

Steady or heavy rain makes racing too dangerous since the cars have smooth tires and no windshield wipers.

"It's not an option. Maybe one day," said Atlanta Motor Speedway General Manager Ed Clark. "But it's not viable with the NASCAR cars, with their weight and the speeds they run on a track like Atlanta Motor Speedway." 

NASCAR rescheduled the Sprint Cup Series Race for 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Monday morning "Breakfast with Bruton" was canceled.

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.