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Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Tornado Watch Continues Until 1pm

Short Term

We have storms delveoping all across the metro area this morning, as of 9:45 nothing is severe. As you can see down below there are more storms west of the metro area that will be moving in here soon. There is a lot of lightning with these storms. There are more storms to the north along the cold front that will be moving in later on this morning. The 3rd image below is what is called helicity. What that is is the amount of spin in the atmosphere and there is a lot of it just south of the front. The thing that is lacking this morning is instability, it is very limited. So as these storms continue to come in from the west and the north look for the main threat to be in the form of wind, hail, and heavy rain. There have been some unconfirmed reports of some wind damage in Carroll county.

Absentee ballots available beginning Sat., Jan. 21

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- With Super Tuesday just six weeks away, absentee voting begins in Georgia on Saturday. Voters can request an absentee ballot through Friday, March 2.

Absentee ballots must be returned to their county's election office by the close of the polls on March 6. Ballots cast by overseas and military voters must be postmarked on or before March 6, but will be accepted through the close of business on March 9, 2012.

Georgia voters are not required to provide a reason for requesting or casting an absentee ballot.

To obtain an absentee ballot request form, visit the Secretary of State's website.

CANTON | Ryan Brunn hanged himself with sweatshirt, GBI says

DECATUR, Ga. -- Ryan Brunn, the man who confessed to killing seven-year-old Jorelys Rivera, hanged himself with a sweatshirt in his cell at the Jackson State Prison, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement emailed to 11Alive News.

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PHOTOS | Ryan Brunn arrested, charged in murder of Jorelys Rivera

An autopsy on Brunn's body was performed Friday at the GBI Crime Lab in DeKalb County, less than a day after Brunn was found dead in his prison cell.

"The ongoing investigation by agents from the GBI's Milledgeville Regional Office has not uncovered any evidence to indicate Brunn's death was anything other than a suicide," a GBI statement said.

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

ATLANTA -- If the kids are getting restless and screaming for a family vacation, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can pay $99 for a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

This exclusive offer, valued at $328, is good for two adults and up to three children, and includes one night at the James Manor hotel, in the heart of all the action; $100 worth of dining certificates; a gift basket upon arrival; and five passes to the Lazer Port Fun Center.

DECATUR | 4 FAMU students arrested for hazing

LEON COUNTY, Fla. -- Four Florida A&M University students were arrested Thursday and charged with hazing.

A warrant obtained by 11Alive News says that Denise Bailey, Brandon Benson, Hakeem Birch and Anthony Mingo were suspected of hazing five fellow members of the Marching 100 who pledged a band sub-group known as the "Clones."

The defendants "punched, prepped (slapped with both hands on back) and paddled" the five pledges, according to the warrant.

RELATED | FAMU trustees will create anti-hazing committee

This reported abuse occurred four days before DeKalb County native Robert Champion died as a result of hazing. Champion was not named anywhere in the warrant.

Time to register for winter sports leagues

Baseball & Softball Registration begins Dec. 4, 2011 to March 10, 2012 The season will start Saturday, March 31, 2012.
Where: Redan Recreation Center (1839 Phillips Road, Lithonia GA 30058).
When: Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Soccer Registration begins Dec. 12, 2011 to Feb. 13, 2012 Register at any DeKalb County Recreation Center.     Flag Football Registration begins Dec. 4, 2011 to March 10, 2012 Where: Redan Recreation Center (1839 Phillips Road, Lithonia GA 30058).
When: Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.

Free tickets to 'Red Tails' at select Walmart stores

ATLANTA -- If you want to check out new docu-pic Red Tails, Walmart is offering free tickets to the Atlanta community. The film, inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, opens nationwide on Friday. 

PHOTOS: Red Tails Party at Rialto Theater 

Select Walmart stores in the metro area will be provide complimentary tickets to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tickets will be available on Friday, January 20, starting at 8 a.m. at the following locations: 

1801 Howell Mill Road NW in the Westside Provisions District 

1785 Cobb Parkway in Marietta. 

3580 Memorial Drive in Decatur. 

2427 Gresham Road SE in East Atlanta. 

6149 Old National Highway in College Park.