Temperatures in central Georgia are on the rise and health experts want people to stay safe in the heat. Summer time heat is certainly a form of severe weather we have to deal with and heat exhaustion can become a real concern quickly!Temperatures in central Georgia are on the rise and health experts want people to stay safe in the heat. Summer time heat is certainly a form of severe weather we have to deal with and heat exhaustion can become a real concern quickly!
Here are some tips: stay hydrated, wear light-colored clothing and watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion. Symptoms include cramping, nausea and slightly elevated temperature.
More serious symptoms, like extreme nausea and vomiting, can be an indicator of heat stroke, which could lead to death.
If you see someone that may be suffering from heat exhaustion, you should encourage them to drink water and find shade. If someone is suffering from heat stroke, you should call 911 immediately.
Travelers ran into major travel nightmares near the Atlanta airport on I-75 Monday evening.Travelers ran into major travel nightmares near the Atlanta airport on I-75 Monday evening.
Flash flooding closed northbound lanes at exit 237 which is Forest Parkway in Clayton County. Traffic was reportedly backed up for over 15 miles. GDOT confirmed that the backup stalled traffic to the Jonesboro Road area.
HERO crews were able to drain some of the water, opening at least two lanes of travel, allowing for traffic to start moving again.
Wet weather is causing difficulty for Georgia farmers.GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Wet weather is causing difficulty for Georgia farmers.
The owner of Cedar Hollow Farm in Cleveland, Glen Cook, says the large amount of rainfall has made it hard to weed and do other essential field work.
He said some potatoes are rotting in the ground because of the moisture.
Forecasters say the Gainesville area has seen more than 36 inches of rain this year, compared to the nearly 50 inches that fell last year. And the rainfall has come in short intervals, giving farmers limited time to work dry fields.
Jody Farmer of Hall County told The Times of Gainesville that he is roughly a month behind schedule working his wheat and soybean crops.
Information from: The Times, http://www.gainesvilletimes.com
Georgia Power says roughly 2,000 of its customers in metro Atlanta remain without power following severe storms.ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power says roughly 2,000 of its customers in metro Atlanta remain without power following severe storms.
The Southern Co. subsidiary said restoration work was continuing Saturday.
Thousands of people in North Georgia lost power Thursday when severe weather passed through the region. The National Weather Service said two tornadoes touched down in Cherokee and Cobb counties.
The storms knocked down trees and power lines, leading to widespread electric outages.
The National Weather Service says a survey team has confirmed a tornado touched down in Cherokee County as part of a system of severe thunderstorms that moved across the state.ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service says a survey team has confirmed a tornado touched down in Cherokee County as part of a system of severe thunderstorms that moved across the state.
The agency says hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted along the 8.5-mile path of Thursday evening's tornado, which was classified as an EF-1 with winds between 86 and 110 miles per hour.
By noon Friday, about 44,000 Georgia Power customers were still without power, mostly in metro Atlanta.
Kennesaw State University, northwest of Atlanta, said it was cancelling all classes Friday due to power outages. Georgia Perimeter College also cancelled Friday classes at its Dunwoody campus.
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Authorities said more than 100 residents have been evacuated from an apartment building just north of Atlanta after heavy rains damaged a small dam. Read more »
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