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Falling Tree Kills Conyers Driver During Tuesday Storms

ATLANTA -- Tuesday night's line of severe storms, which even spawned a tornado, claimed the life of a Conyers man as he was driving through Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett Police said Wednesday that Matthew Mitchell, 54, of Conyers was driving on South Rockbridge Road near Stone Mountain when a tree trunk split in half and the huge tree fell on his minivan, killing him.

"We heard the boom," said Wilda Thompson, who lives in the area.  She described the sound as like a crack of thunder. 

She said it was as dark as night just then.

She ran into the rain to try to help.

"It was just an awful scene.  I looked over and I kept screaming, 'Answer me if anybody's in there, answer me if anybody's in there.'  And we heard no answer."

Then she saw the driver, as rescue crews arrived.

"The car was crushed up.  I mean it looked like a rolled-up Coca Cola can, it was so crushed."

What are the Odds of Your Team Winning it All?

ATLANTA -- There are 20 teams that still have a shot at a state championship, but some teams are more likely to come away with a title than others. Ever wonder what the odds of your team winning it all would be? Thanks to the Massey Ratings, you don't have to wonder anymore.

According to the computer's calculations, Carrollton has a better shot at winning a championship than any other team, followed by Clinch County and Buford. Carrollton's opponent, Burke County, is considered the longest shot of any team in any classification.

Statistically, 5A is the most competitive class; all four teams have better than a 1 in 17 chance of winning a title.

Red Cross Help for Storm Victims

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping victim's of Tuesday's storms. The Red Cross is offering free food and free motel rooms for families who need a place to stay.

If you need assistance from the Red Cross call their helpline at 1-866-R-C-HELPS.

That's 1-866-724-3577.











Ins. Comm. Offers Help for Storm Damage Victims

ATLANTA --  Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine says investigators in his department are standing by to help people filing claims due to damage from Tuesday's storms.

Policy holders who need help with claims can call his office for assistance at 1-800-656-2298, or in the Metro area at 404-656-2070.















Miracle Dog Survives Storm, Home Destroyed

BUFORD, GA -- An American Eskimo dog named Kirin was discovered by her owners early Wednesday in the rubble of their home in the Kirkstone subdivision of northern Gwinnett County, which was hit hard by powerful winds Tuesday afternoon.

Matthew and Reacey Lee said they were thankful to find Kirin, despite the fact that their home is a complete loss. It suffered more damage than any other home in the neighborhood.

"We're excited," Reacey Lee said. "A house is a house, but Kirin could not be replaced."

The Lees feared the worst after firefighters failed to locate Kirin Tuesday night.

"So this morning we went to what was left of the bedroom and heard him whimpering," said Matthew Lee.

City of Buford utility crews helped Matthew lift up part of a wall to let Kirin run free.

He spent all night trapped in the rubble and yet emerged without a scratch, his clean white coat spotless and his spunk still in tact.

Computer Predictions Fare Well in Quarterfinals

ATLANTA -- Massey Matchups correctly predicted 15 winners of 20 quarterfinal playoff games.

Of the five classes, the computer predictor tool undoubtedly did the worst in Single-A. Massey Matchups picked the right winner in only one of the four Single-A games.

Here are how all 20 playoff games turned out. The computer's prediction is on the left; the actual final score appears on the right.

Mill Creek 40, Colquitt County 34; Colquitt County won 27-14

Grayson 26, Valdosta 20; Grayson won 22-0

Collins Hill 21, Lowndes 20; Collins Hill won 31-28

Brookwood 35, Hillgrove 14; Brookwood won 45-35

Georgia HS Playoffs: Rd. 3 Previews and Predictions

ATLANTA -- 11Alive takes a look at Georgia's high school playoff games and their predicted outcomes with Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net and Massey Matchups.

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