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Most of Metro Atlanta now considered drought disaster area

Most of Metro Atlanta now considered drought disaster area

ATLANTA -- Nearly all of Georgia has been designated a federal agriculture disaster area due to the ongoing drought and excessive heat.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that 150 of Georgia's 159 counties suffered crop production losses great enough to warrant the disaster designation, which allows them to apply for emergency loans and other benefits.

Metro Atlanta counties in the federal disaster designation include Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall Henry, Paulding and Rockdale.

Clayton and Newton were named contiguous disaster counties.

RELATED: Full list of affected counties

EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County

EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County

ATLANTA -- At least one tornado, along with severe storms, ripped through parts of Metro Atlanta Monday, damaging dozens of homes and claiming the life of a Gwinnett County man.

Surveyers from the National Weather Service said a long-tracked EF1 tornado touched down in Woodstock and moved northward some 24 miles before lifting at Ball Ground. Officials said the twister clocked winds at about 90 mph, and at its widest was a quarter-mile wide. Most tornadoes associated with tropical systems like Lee produce very short touchdowns.

Officials said about 400 structures had been affected, and that it was the fifth tornado in Cherokee County over the past four years. County officials said they were lucky that it struck on the holiday with school out of session. School buses would have been on the roads were the storm to happen on a school day.

FORECAST: Lee bringing rain to Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The remnants of Tropical Depression Lee are spreading tropical moisture into Georgia.  So far, we've seen mainly light rain south and west of Atlanta.  Some of that rain could be heavy at times today.

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There is also the potential for some stronger thunderstorms to develop Today.  The main threats will be heavy rain and the potential for flooding in some localized areas. Rain totals will be anywhere from 2 to 4 inches and even some higher amounts possible north and west.

The rain totals will depend on the track and speed of what is left of Lee as it moves from Mississippi into Alabama.  We will have more updates with any changes.

Metro Atlanta buildings go blue for prostate cancer

Metro Atlanta buildings go blue for prostate cancer

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta buildings have started turning blue this week and the skyline will eventually turn even bluer to bring awareness to prostate cancer.

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Georgia has the 11th highest death rate of prostate cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

This year, 241,000 new cases are expected across the nation.

The "Who do you wear blue for?" campaign will benefit the national Prostate Cancer Foundation and local prostate cancer coalitions, such as Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition.

VIDEO: Ted Hall signs off evening news for move to mornings

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News' Ted Hall anchored his final 6 p.m. newscast Thursday.

Next week, he'll start a new chapter in his broadcasting career -- anchoring the morning news alongside Karyn Greer.

EXTENDED CUT: Ted Hall prepares to move to morning news

Jill Becker, who retired Friday, passed him the figurative torch.

International Space Station to fly over Atlanta

International Space Station to fly over Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The International Space Station will be visible as it flies over Metro Atlanta this week. 

The station will be seen for just a few minutes each day as it makes it's orbit around the Earth.

NASA has released specific times, and exactly where in the sky it will be.

For a complete listing, click here.

You will have to pay close attention, as the Space Station is only visible during those exact windows.

"It looks like a little bright light," said astronomer Amy Whitt. "It looks smaller than an airplane, and it moves way quicker than an airplane does. It goes really fast across the sky."

LOGANVILLE: Grace Snell Middle School evacuation over

LOGANVILLE: Grace Snell Middle School evacuation over

LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Students and staff have safely returned to class after a precautionary evacuation at Grace Snell Middle School in Loganville.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesperson Sloan Roach said a bomb threat was called in to the school Thursday, but the building was searched and given the all clear.

No one was hurt.

All buses were held at Magill Elementary School during the evacuation.