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GWINNETT: Fires displace men miles, minutes apart

GWINNETT: Fires displace men miles, minutes apart

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Two men were displaced by house fires within a dozen miles of each other early Tuesday morning in Gwinnett County. One man was hurt.  

Firefighters received the first call shortly before 3:30 a.m. from a two-story home on Valley Brook Road, near Bethany Church Road in Snellville.

According to Gwinnett Fire speokesman Eric Eberly, the homeowner said he woke up to flames coming from the kitchen. He suffered moderate burns and was taken to Eastside Medical Center for treatment. He said that his wife and kids were safely out of town. Firefighters rescued the family pets, two dogs and two puppies, from the burning home.

Temps above normal, rain below normal in May

Temps above normal, rain below normal in May

ATLANTA - Temperatures across the state of Georgia were above normal for the fourth straight month in May, according to the state climatologist's office.

In Atlanta, the average temperature was 1.1 degrees above normal, while elsewhere in the state, the difference was more pronounced with temperatures in Valdosta running has high as 2.7 degrees above normal. This made this spring the ninth warmest in Atlanta since 1878, when such records began being kept by officials.

Rain has been scarce across the state - so much so, that according to the state climatologist's office, a drought, which had been previously confined to the southernmost portions of the state, expanded northward. The south-central and southwestern portions of the state were the driest areas.

Much of the rain that did fall, came in the form of scattered thunderstorms, and the amounts that fell, were, much like the storms they came from, were varied and scattered.

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta is facing yet another day under a Code Orange smog alert on Sunday.

Under code orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged exposure during late afternoon or early evening hours when ozone concentrations are at their highest.

Motorists are advised to fill their tanks up early in the day, as later in the day, fill-ups can contribute to the additional ozone in the air. If you can at all avoid driving, you're advised to take mass transit to get to where you need to go, which will also lessen the smog in the air.

Temperatures in Metro Atlanta are expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s, with heat index figures approaching 100. Those conditions will continue to promote smoggy skies across the area through the weekend.

Heat, smog, thunderstorms for Metro Atlanta on Friday

Heat, smog, thunderstorms for Metro Atlanta on Friday

ATLANTA -- Hot weather continues to bake Metro Atlanta and the Southeastern states as everyone hustles to find a way to stay cool.

Continued hot and more humid weather spreading into Georgia from the Gulf Coast could bring pop-up thunderstorms to the area Friday afternoon into Friday evening. Any storms that come up will likely be slow-moving and drench the areas affected. Those storms would also likely have vivid lightning and small hail.

Near record heat this week

Near record heat this week

ATLANTA -- Atlanta is flirting with record heat this week. Temperatures are running about 10 degrees above average Tuesday. Wednesday will be even hotter.

Tuesday's high will top off at 93 degrees.  The average high for May 30 is 83 degrees, so we will be about 10 degrees above average.

The record for Tuesday's date is 95 degrees, set in 1953. The record for Athens is 100. We'll stay just below those records with a high in Atlanta of 93.  Athens will move up to 95.

It will be even hotter on Wednesday. Atlanta's high will be 95. The record for Atlanta on Wednesday is 97. Once again, we will be about 2 degrees lower than the record for the date.

There will be record heat stretching from the South to the North in the eastern part of the country.

Memorial Day comes as troops fight in Afghanistan

Memorial Day comes as troops fight in Afghanistan

ATLANTA -- Americans from Washington to California are marking Memorial Day with parades, barbecues and special tributes tied to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

An annual holiday honoring the nation's war dead was infused with new meaning this year, coming just months before the 10-year anniversary.

Memorial Day celebrants began filing into Marietta National Cemetery early this morning. As the noon commemoration approached, members of the Patriot Guard Riders lined the driveway, welcoming everyone to the event.

Governor Nathan Deal made an appearance, giving thanks to the brave men and women who have fought in every major U.S. conflict, from the American Revolution to the War in Iraq.

Plane catches fire, passengers evacuated at Atlanta airport

Plane catches fire, passengers evacuated at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA - Passengers aboard an Atlanta-bound Delta flight were evacuated after the plane caught fire upon landing Saturday afternoon.

Flight #2284 from Pittsburgh landed at Hartsfield-Jackson airport at 4:14pm when the brakes overheated and started a fire, according to Delta Airlines representative Leslie Parker.

FAA officials report that a blown tire started the fire.

There were 43 passengers and 5 crew members aboard the MD-88 plane, but no major injuries reported. Four passengers were treated at the scene and released.