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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.

DeKalb Emergency Management Agency Offers Thunderstorm Safety Tips

DeKalb Emergency Management Agency Offers Thunderstorm Safety Tips

DECATUR – (DeKalb County Gov't) Thunderstorms affect relatively small areas when compared with hurricanes and winter storms. Despite their small size, all thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes.

“Straight line winds can reach speeds in excess of 100 mph and produce damage similar to a tornado,” said DeKalb County Public Safety Director William Miller.

The biggest threat from severe thunderstorms is damaging straight line winds and large hail. These winds occur, on average, 19 days per year in Georgia.