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Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Short Term

We have storms delveoping all across the metro area this morning, as of 9:45 nothing is severe. As you can see down below there are more storms west of the metro area that will be moving in here soon. There is a lot of lightning with these storms. There are more storms to the north along the cold front that will be moving in later on this morning. The 3rd image below is what is called helicity. What that is is the amount of spin in the atmosphere and there is a lot of it just south of the front. The thing that is lacking this morning is instability, it is very limited. So as these storms continue to come in from the west and the north look for the main threat to be in the form of wind, hail, and heavy rain. There have been some unconfirmed reports of some wind damage in Carroll county.

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.

11Alive meteorologist visits Alpharetta Elementary

11Alive meteorologist visits Alpharetta Elementary

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The first grade students at Alpharetta Elementary School were thrilled when 11Alive Chief Meteorologist Mike Francis paid them a visit last week.

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Francis taught the students about different types of precipitation and explained how tornadoes are created. He feels a special attachment to Alpharetta Elementary, as his own children attend the school.

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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 

Storm chasers collide with tornadoes to save lives

Storm chasers collide with tornadoes to save lives

NORTH ATLANTA -- Springtime across Georgia can be as deadly as it is beautiful as the mix of cold and warm air circulate to form tornado season.

A deadly string of tornadoes on April 27 killed over 160 from Alabama into north Georgia, and stands as a reminder of how quickly the wind funnels can form and their damage to both life and home.

Meteorologists at 11Alive and across the country look to the severe storms office at the National Weather Service for new watches and warnings based on the Doppler radar, and from eyewitness reports from several who chase a newly formed tornado.

They are known as storm chasers, and a few have become well know on the popular show on Discovery Channel, Storm Chasers.

Marcus Gutierrez is one of those well known storm chasers.

This reporter stood with Marcus near the Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2 in north Atlanta -- a heavily armored science vehicle in which he drives in the program.

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.