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Tornado Threat Increasing Across the Western Sections of the State

Tornado Threat Increasing Across the Western Sections of the State

The dynamics in the atmosphere are starting to get a bit more organized in the western sections of the state where the potential for tornadoes is beginning to increase. The timing on the storms will be 8-9pm in the western sections of the state, and around 11-1 in the metro Atlanta area. The main threat for metro Atlanta will be damaging winds, possibly an isolated tornado as well.

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Falcons place franchise tag on cornerback Grimes

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons are placing the franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes, assuring he will receive more than $10 million if he signs the tender. 

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Grimes, who led the team with 17 passes defensed in 2011, is one of the most important names in an unusually large class of 17 unrestricted free agents. Other top Atlanta free agents include linebacker Curtis Lofton, who led the team in tackles, safety Thomas DeCoud, who topped the Falcons with four interceptions, and defensive end John Abraham, who led with 9½ sacks.

Grimes had a combined 11 interceptions in 2009 and 2010. He was an alternate Pro Bowl pick in 2010.

Friday Night Severe Weather for Atlanta

Atlanta Severe Weather | Severe Weather Likely Tonight

Atlanta Severe Weather | Severe Weather Likely Tonight

The Situation

It has been a rough morning for parts of Alabama with reports of a long tracked tornado hitting parts of Huntsville hard.... This was all along a retreating warm front that we talked about yesterday. This afternoon that warm front will have moved through all of N GA and will set the stage for later tonight. Storms are currently forming along a cold front in IL, KY, TN, and MO... This is the front that is heading towards our state. All of N GA is under a moderate risk as you can see below. All of the metro area is under a 10% chance of a tornado happening within a 25 mile point, with most of it under a 15% chance. Those are high probabilities folks..... The atmosphere will be condusive for tornadoes across parts of N Georgia later tonight into tomorrow morning. Strong Damaging winds are also possible as well as large hail. Again this is a serious situation for N Georgia later tonight.

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Lottery serves up $108M Mega Millions jackpot

Lottery serves up $108M Mega Millions jackpot

ATLANTA -- Mega Millions has swelled with the jackpot for tonight's drawing at an estimated $108 million to a single annuity winner.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additonal $1 per play.

RELATED | Ga. man wins lottery for second time

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: a single payment cash option worth approximately $79 million, or $4.1 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state.

Gingrich on Drudge: 'Lazarus Rising Again'

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Newt Gingrich wrapped up another night and day of Georgia campaigning Wednesday.

With Gov. Nathan Deal at his side, the GOP presidential candidate spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of Republicans in the Gainesville Civic Center.

Hall County is home to the governor and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. It is one of the most Republican congressional districts in the South.

And it is here that Gingrich is calling on those loyal to his ideas and message to help him on Super Tuesday.

Super Tuesday has 10 states in play with 419 delegates; 76 of those are from Georgia.

Gingrich has said winning Georgia is crucial to his campaign.