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Severe storms possible Thursday

Severe storms possible Thursday

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thunderstorms expected across north and central Georgia Thursday could turn severe.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says the main threats from the storms on Thursday and Thursday night will be large hail, potentially damaging wind and lightning.

A hazardous weather outlook from the weather service indicates the storms are part of an upper-level pressure system moving southeast toward Georgia.

Falcons, NFL announce preseason matchups

ATLANTA (WXIA) - The NFL announced preseason matchups for all 32 teams - including the Atlanta Falcons - on Wednesday.

The Falcons get one national spotlight during the preseason: Thursday, August 16, when they host the Cincinnati.

They also get to play host to the Baltimore Ravens during the preseason's first week. They will visit Miami and Jacksonville during August, as they prepare for the opening of the 2012 season on Sunday, September 9.

The 2012 preseason opens with the annual Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, August 5, in Canton, Ohio, where the Arizona Cardinals will take on the New Orleans Saints in the traditional first matchup of the year.

The Falcons' preseason schedule (exact dates and times for the Baltimore and Miami games are to be announced at a later date):

PHOTOS | Nike unveils new NFL uniforms

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons will technically have newly designed jerseys in 2012, even though they will look identical to the team's uniforms from previous years.

Nike revealed Tuesday its Nike Elite 51 football uniforms for the 2012 NFL season. While there are no radical aesthetic changes to the Atlanta Falcons uniform, the team will get uniforms that are lighter, cooler and fit better. They also have customizable basewear padding and deflex padding for top "hit zone" areas.

Nike, which signed a five-year partnership with the NFL, said most of the changes to the league's jerseys are functional. The team's new jerseys are more form-fitting and lighter than the old jerseys made by Reebok. Fans can buy new jerseys on Apr. 26 via their team stores and on Apr. 27 at retail locations.

DEALCHICKEN | A $400 Restaurant.com gift card for $40

DEALCHICKEN | A $400 Restaurant.com gift card for $40

ATLANTA -- There are only a few days left to take advantage of a huge DealChicken deal -- a $400 Restaurant.com e-gift card for only $40.

All DealChicken members are invited to save $360 on $400 worth of food. The gift card can be used in denominations of $10, $25, $50, $75 or $100 at more than 18,000 restaurants nationwide.

Additionally, 10 percent of proceeds will be given to the Dan Marino Foundation, which serves children with autism and other special needs.

DealChicken offers both local and national daily deals on dining, services and travel. Learn more and sign up at www.dealchicken.com.

WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

ATLANTA - It's spring break and most of the city has run from the beach or the mountains. The weekend forecast calls for bright skies and everyone left in the city will be soaking up the sun. Check out some of the events being held around the city.

Come out to Dad's Garage for live music, games and BACON! The 12th Annual BaconFest will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Inman Park theatre. BaconFest! is a celebration chock-ful-of bacon, PBR and Ale Yeah! beer; the event, also, features a silent auction, a wheelchair obstacle course and performances by Darling Norman. Tickets to BaconFest start out at $25 and are on sale to all Atlantans who are 21 and older. BaconFest will be held outside in the parking lots of Dad's Garage Theatre in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C- 101. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA. 

Atlanta breaks another pollen count record

ATLANTA -- Friday marks the 15th consecutive day Atlanta's pollen count has topped 1000, a new record. Friday's figure is 1275, high for mulberry, oak, pine and sycamore trees.