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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.

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.

Free WIZ Iphone Weather Radio App today only!

Free WIZ Iphone Weather Radio App today only!

You can now have a weather radio on your iphone or ipad to alert you of severe weather in your area.  It will even follow your phone and alert you to severe weather when you are traveling. 11Alive Weather Information Zone is now available in your pocket at all times with this FREE iMap Weather Radio! 

They are offering it FREE today only.  After today, it will be $9.99.  You can search "iMap Weather Radio" at the app store, or go to  http://weatherradioday.com/ . After downloading, click 11Alive as your media provider. 

By clicking 11Alive as your media provider, every time you receive a warning, the 11Alive WIZ logo will appear with the weather information.

Code orange smog alert issued

Code orange smog alert issued

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Environmental Protection Division says the Air Quality Index for Metro Atlanta is 101 on Monday. 

The EPD says the figure means Atlanta's air is unhealthy for sensitive groups, and it's issued an orange smog alert for the area.

The agency says children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest.

High temperatures are expected to be in the 80s on Monday and approaching 90 on Tuesday.

Gwinnett residents left to clean debris created by early morning storm

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – According to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services Public Information Officer Tommy Rutledge, following last night’s severe storms, Gwinnett County experienced numerous incidents, including three house fires and fallen wires and trees blocking roadways.

  • According to Captain Tommy Rutledge, crews responded to:
  • About 30 downed trees and power lines.
  • Two residential structures damaged by fire.
  • 14 homes damaged by fallen trees.
  • And a number of vehicle accidents.

Starting late Monday night, between the hours of 11:30 p.m.

Possible Lightening Strike at Buford home

Possible Lightening Strike at Buford home

ATLANTA – Earlier, Gwinnett County EMS crews responded to a home on the 2700 block of Pierce Brennen Court in Buford.  Crews were responding to an occupant report of a possible lightning strike to a house.  The caller reported no visible smoke or flames. 

The occupant heard a loud popping sound and subsequently, the fire alarm was disarmed.  There was no sign of smoke or fire on arrival of the first-due engine company.  Command is canceling all other equipment at this time. 

The situation is under control.  There are no injuries reported. 

Hall County Snow Pictures

Hall County Snow Pictures

Hall County, GA--  Much of Georgia received a healthy dusting of snow overnight and in the early morning hours, as the February Winter storm "blew-in" dropping roughly an inch of snow in the Atlanta area.

The traffic commute was mostly affected in the northern part of the state, near bridges and overpasses, but for the most part this snow event was tame compared to the Snowmageddon of this past January.

11Alive viewer submitted pictures can be seen HERE.  Please send your own snow pictures to photos@11alive.com