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Atlanta Weather | 5pm Radar Update

Atlanta Weather | 5pm Radar Update

Strong storms continue across parts of N Georgia. Right now the strongest storms are located in Paulding and Douglas counties. There is also a strong storm that just popped up in N Fulton county by Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The only reports we have been getting have been from some small hail and heavy rain. Other than that the only  other threat from these storms will be lightning. Motion is towards the SE at around 25 mph and shold start to wind down once the sun starts to go down.

 

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Atlanta Weather | Strong T-Storms this Afternoon

Atlanta Weather | Strong T-Storms this Afternoon

We had a few counties under a severe t-storm warning earlier this afternoon, since then it has expired. We will continue to see strong t-storms developing in the north sections of the state and move towards the SE at around 25mph. One strong cell is moving towards Gwinnett county that cold contain some small hail and gusty winds. Other areas of strong t-storms include west Cobb county, movement on that one is towards the SE at around 25mph. Any storms that pop up this afternoon could be severe, but the main threat will be only hail and wind.

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Positive rabies alert in South Hall

 

This is to advise that in the area of Winder Highway (Ga. 53) and JJ Lott Road in southeastern Hall there was contact between a skunk and two dogs on March 9. Jackson County Animal Control shipped the skunk to the Georgia Public Health Lab - Virology Section in Decatur. On March 15, Hall County Animal Services was advised that the skunk was positive for rabies. This is the seventh confirmed case of rabies for 2012.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid skunk was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830, or during non-working hours call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1688 Barber Rd, Gainesville. 

AJC Peachtree Road Race online registration opens

ATLANTA -- Online registration for the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race opens at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Participants can register for an online lottery at ajc.com/peachtree.

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Those who want to participate in the July 4 race must go through the lottery registration process, which runs through Thursday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. Entrants will receive an email by Monday, March 26, informing whether or not they were selected for the 2012 race.

Additional information can be found online at peachtreeroadrace.org.

 

Metro jobless rate exceeds Hall rate in January

Metro jobless rate exceeds Hall rate in January

ATLANTA -- State labor officials say the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 9.2 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.9 percent in December.

In Hall County, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in January.

Statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor also show that metro Athens had the lowest rate among local areas in the state at 7.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the highest local rate at 12.7 percent.

Milton and McEachern are tops in the final Super 25

ATLANTA-- With class AAAAA state titles in hand, the Milton boys and McEachern girls top the charts in the final Super25 high school basketball polls for metro Atlanta.

The Milton Eagles claimed their second state AAAAA championship in the past 3 seasons, with a win over Savannah.Columbia,Miller Grove, Whitefield Academy, and Westlake make up the top 5 in the final boys poll.

The McEachern girls beat two-time defending champion Norcross to finish the season a perfect 33-0 and claim the class AAAAA crown. Wesleyan won the girls class A championship fpr the 5 straight year and finished second in the final poll with Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Hillgrove completing the top 5.

The Super 25 polls for metro Atlanta teams are computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net and 11 Alive.com.

 

 

FLOWERY BRANCH| Weems signs 3-year deal with Chicago

FLOWERY BRANCH| Weems signs 3-year deal with Chicago

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have agreed to a three-year contract with special teams star Eric Weems.

Weems spent his first five seasons with Atlanta and was the NFC's special-teams selection for the Pro Bowl in 2010.

Signing Weems could help ease the loss of Pro Bowl gunner Corey Graham if he does not re-sign and it adds depth to the return game, with Devin Hester hobbled at times by injuries last season and Johnny Knox recovering from spinal surgery.

Weems has 41 career special-teams tackles, 77 punt returns for 815 yards and 113 kickoff returns for 2,896 yards. He also has 24 receptions for 205 yards.

He joined the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2007, when new Bears general manager Phil Emery was Atlanta's director of college scouting.