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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.

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MLK Dedication Canceled Due to Hurricane Irene

MLK Dedication Canceled Due to Hurricane Irene

Who would have thought that the east coast would ever feel the remnants of an earthquake and now just two days away from the Martin Luther King Dedication, a hurricane threatens to sweep through the coast, leaving MLK foundation officials to cancel activities past Saturday morning.This evening Harry E. Johnson, Sr. president and CEO  of the Washington DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. released a statement saying "It is with a heavy heart and enormous disappointment that we announce that, in the interest of public safety, we are forced to change our plans."

Johnson states that the Partners in the Dream MLK Store and Women Who Dare to Dream Luncheon on Friday will continue as planned. Additionally, the National Prayer Service will continue, however, the official dedication ceremony will be moved to a date yet determined in September or October. 

The day the earth shook Downtown Atlanta

The day the earth shook Downtown Atlanta

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The heat index goes over 100 degrees today, Georgians urged to use caution

The heat index goes over 100 degrees today, Georgians urged to use caution

Atlanta, GA --  The heat across the country has reached dangerous levels.  People are advised to check with senior citizens and pets to make sure they have enough water and the ability to keep cool.  The following is a letter from the Georgia Department of Public Health urging Georgians to use caution.

As the heat index is expected to reach over 105 degrees today, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is warning all Georgians to exercise caution in the extreme heat. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory that will remain in effect today from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday for much of Central and portions of North Georgia.

“Everyone should take proper precautions to stay safe in this extreme heat by staying hydrated and wearing protective clothing,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., DPH Commissioner.

Another hot week predicted for Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - More temperatures well into the 90s are forecast for Georgia this week.

Except for slightly cooler weather in the mountains, the National Weather Service says Georgians can expect highs in the 90s at least through Thursday. The weather service is calling for highs in the mid to upper 90s on Tuesday.

Forecasters say there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms around the state every day this week.

The good news for metro Atlanta is the state's Environmental Protection Division expects air quality to be moderate on Monday.

Falling trees can injure and kill

Falling trees can injure and kill

ATLANTA -- Another round of storms means another round of fallen trees in Metro Atlanta.

LaShaundra Stansel is recovering after a huge tree crushed her car as she was driving home Sunday night on Henderson Mill Road.

"I saw the tree falling.  I tried to swerve, but I felt it as it came down across my seat and the passenger's seat," said Stansel.

Stansel managed to duck right before the tree struck and walked away from the accident with a split lip and a large bump on her forehead.

Not everyone has been so lucky this season.