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Georgia Storms kill 14, injure at least 23 as threat continues

Fourteen people are dead and at least 23 injured after strong storms moved through Georgia Saturday night, into Sunday morning. 

State emergency management officials confirm eight of the deaths are in Cook County.

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Officials with the Brooks County Sheriff's Office confirmed two deaths to Channel 2 Action News.

Both people were in the same home in Barney that was displaced into Highway 122.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office also confirmed at least two people died during the storm. Information is limited at this time. 

At least three more injuries were confirmed in Thomas County.

The Sheriff's Office said a mobile home at Airline and Centennial roads was destroyed with a man inside.

Heavy rain began to fall in the southern counties around midnight and continued overnight in metro Atlanta.

Instability is increasing right now across the state as a powerful 3rd and final wave approaches... PLEASE be weather aware today @wsbtv— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) January 22, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said it's quiet now across north Georgia, but Round 3 of heavy rain and potentially strong, severe storms is just hours away.

"Expect a line, cluster of storms to be moving into our western counties by early this afternoon, focusing on mid to late afternoon, for the greatest impact most areas," Monahan said.

Heavy rain and winds of 40-60 mph are possible, along with large hail and isolated tornadoes.

A flash flood watch has been issued for all of north Georgia through Sunday night.

Snow on ground in 49 states, even Hawaii

With the severe winter weather that moved through a large part of the United States over the weekend, 49 of 50 states had snow on the ground, according to maps by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.  

Only Florida remained snow-free, NOAA said. Even the volcanic peaks in Hawaii sported a sprinkling of snow.

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The weekend storms hit a region ranging from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic and into the deep South.

Almost 60 percent of the United States is covered in snow, NOAA said.

But it won’t last long. Warmer weather is moving into the South and Mid-Atlantic regions by mid-week and is expected to melt off any remaining snow and ice.

WATCH: Georgia Tech swim team does laps in snow after meet canceled

Swimmers from Georgia Tech wouldn’t let a little snow stop them from doing what they do best.

The swim team’s meet Saturday at Virginia Tech was canceled due to snow, so the swimmers were stuck at their hotel.

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Members of a relay team decided to go through with their event – but in the snow.  

The video was shared on the Georgia Tech Facebook page. 

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5 soup recipes to keep you warm during winter weather

Ready to hunker down this winter and eat some soup? These five recipes should get you through even the roughest of storms. Cantaberry’s Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Jessica Bruner of Cantaberry’s restaurant in Ellijay, Georgia, supplied this recipe, which required a little tweaking to go from restaurant version to home cook-friendly. Read more here. 4 cups hot water 1 (5-ounce) package Uncle Ben’s Country Inn Chicken and Wild Rice, with seasoning packet 1 3/4 cups heavy cream 6 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder 1 cup shredded cooked chicken In a large saucepan, combine hot water and wild rice mix and its seasoning packet. Add heavy cream and bouillon powder. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened. Stir in chicken and serve hot.

Makes: 7 cups per 1/2-cup serving: 156 calories (percent of calories from fat, 66), 5 grams protein, 8 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 12 grams fat (7 grams saturated), 49 milligrams cholesterol, 290 milligrams sodium.

>>Read more winter weather stories Petite Auberge’s Lentil Soup Anthony Gropp, head chef and co-owner of Petite Auberge in Atlanta, shared this recipe, which has been used since the restaurant opened.   Gropp says it’s fine to use bacon ends and pieces, available at some butchers, in place of more expensive whole bacon strips. 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4pound applewood-smoked bacon 1/2cup chopped celery 1/2cup chopped onion 1/2cup chopped carrot 1 small clove garlic, minced 1 pound dried lentils 8 cups chicken stock 1 tablespoon vinegar, more if desired Salt and pepper 1 cup heavy cream Watercress and sour cream, for garnish In a large saucepan, heat olive oil about 2 minutes on high heat. Add bacon and cook until partially done, about 2 minutes. Add celery, onion, carrot and garlic and lower heat. Cook just until vegetables begin to soften, stirring frequently so they do not burn. Add the lentils and stir until all the lentils are coated. Add chicken stock and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat so soup simmers vigorously and cook until lentils are tender, from 30 to 45 minutes depending on your lentils. Be sure to stir the soup regularly. When lentils are tender, remove soup from heat and cool for several minutes. In the jar of a blender, puree the soup in batches. Or use an immersion blender. Puree to the texture you like. At the restaurant, they prefer a chunky consistency for its rustic appeal. Return the soup to the saucepan and put it over low heat. Add vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Finally, add cream and stir soup again. Garnish with a drizzle of sour cream and a sprig of watercress, if desired.

Makes: 9 cups. Per 1-cup serving: 382 calories (percent of calories from fat, 42), 29 grams protein, 33 grams carbohydrates, 16 grams fiber, 20 grams fat (9 grams saturated), 47 milligrams cholesterol, 260 milligrams sodium.

>>Bread and milk: Why do we panic-buy before storm?

>>Study: Cold weather helps you lose weight

Chicken Tortilla Soup This recipe from now-shuttered Atlanta restaurant Nava uses toasted spices and guajillo pepper paste to bring out the flavor of the toasted corn tortillas. Hands on: 1 hour, 30 minutes Total time: 2 hours Serves: 10 At Nava, each portion of soup is served with garnishes of fried tortilla strips, pulled chicken pieces, chopped cilantro, chopped onions, chopped poblano peppers and a mixture of Chihuahua, Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheeses. 3 (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas 2 ounces dried guajillo chiles 1 tablespoon ground coriander 11/2 teaspoons ground cumin 11/2 teaspoons Mexican oregano 1/4 teaspoon ground Mexican cinnamon 5 roma tomatoes 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 large carrot, diced 1 celery rib, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon salt 16 cups (128 ounces) chicken stock, divided 1/4 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped Salt and pepper, to taste Zest of 1 lime Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place corn tortillas on cookie sheet and bake about 10 minutes, turning once, until dry and crisp. Cool; crush into bite-size pieces and set aside. Save cookie sheet for roasting peppers. Remove stems and seeds from peppers, then rinse. On cookie sheet, toast guajillo peppers for 4 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove from oven, place in small bowl, and cover with hot water. When softened, about 15 minutes, remove chiles and puree in blender, adding just enough soaking liquid to make a paste the consistency of ketchup. Strain and discard solids; set paste aside. In a small, dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast coriander, cumin, oregano and cinnamon, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until spices are fragrant. Put spices in a small bowl and set aside. Prepare tomatoes by roasting on grill or gas flame until all sides are slightly blackened, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. When cool, remove stem end. Set aside. In large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat and add onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, until carrot is done, about 15 minutes. Add roasted tomatoes, corn tortilla pieces and 4 cups chicken stock. Use an immersion blender or transfer to blender to puree. Return to pot and stir in 1/2 cup guajillo paste, salt and toasted spices. When mixture is smooth, add remaining chicken stock and cilantro, and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Taste for seasoning and strain before serving. Sprinkle lime zest over each bowl. Per serving (without garnishes): 110 calories (percent of calories from fat, 34), 17 grams protein, 12 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 7 grams fat (trace saturated), no cholesterol, 722 milligrams sodium.

Whole Foods Market Clam Chowder

“There’s food that makes for a healthy body, and food that makes for a healthy soul. Between the cream, bacon and butter, this recipe decidedly falls into the latter category, ” said Michael Mormino, regional development chef for Whole Foods Market. It was relatively easy for Mormino to provide a recipe for home use because the store kitchens use the same ingredients they sell in the market, such as unbleached and unbromated flour and naturally cured bacon. The clam chowder is available in pints and quarts in Whole Foods’ refrigerated soups section. When the weather turns cold, it’s often served on the hot soup bar. If you’d like a stronger clam flavor, double the amount of clams. Hands on: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hour Serves: 6 (makes about 2 quarts) 1/2 pound peeled potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch dice (1 medium to large potato) 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 to 4 strips raw, naturally cured bacon, chopped finely 1 small or medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 cups clam juice 1 (6.5-ounce) can chopped clams, drained (reserve liquid) 2 cups milk 11/4 cups heavy cream 1 bay leaf Tabasco, to taste Worcestershire sauce, to taste Lemon juice, to taste Kosher salt and finely ground black pepper, to taste In a small saucepan, place potatoes and salt and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are fully cooked but still firm, about 10 minutes. Drain potatoes and set aside. While potatoes are cooking, heat oil on medium heat in a large saucepan. Add bacon and saute until crisp. Remove bacon pieces, drain and set aside. Add onions and cook over low heat until translucent but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add butter, allow to melt, and then add flour. Stir constantly for 2 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Stir in clam juice, reserved clam liquid, milk, cream, cooked bacon and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes. Add clams and potatoes and simmer 5 minutes to heat everything through. Season to taste with Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice starting with about 1/2 teaspoon of each. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaf before serving. French Onion Soup 6 servings Hands on: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes This classic soup is easier to make than you think and perfect for a winter’s day lunch. 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 6 onions, sliced thin 3 shallots, minced 8 cups beef or vegetable broth 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced 1/2 cup sherry Salt and pepper to taste One baquette, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large saucepan, heat the butter. Add the onions and shallots and cook gently, sweating them uncovered over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase the heat to high and brown the onions, uncovered, for about 5 minutes. Add the broth, thyme and sherry and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Toast the bread slices in the oven until slightly brown, but not too hard. Set aside. Heat the oven for broiling. Place the onion mixture into a terrine or oven-proof soup dish (or individual crocks). Float the toasted bread slices over the soup and cover with the grated cheese. Place in the oven and broil until the cheese is brown and bubbly. Serve immediately. Per serving: 512 calories (percent of calories from fat, 52), 29 grams protein, 30 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 28 grams fat (17 grams saturated), 83 milligrams cholesterol, 1,992 milligrams sodium.

Here's what to have in your snow emergency kit

Live in a region where snow may hit during the winter?

You may want to consider putting an "emergency kit" in your car in case of severe winter weather.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution compiled a list of items to put in a such a kit, including the following: 

– A high-powered flashlight, ice scraper, a mini Coleman lantern with an "emergency" blinker setting, plenty of extra batteries, some orange traffic cones and a whistle. If your car breaks down on the side of the road, you want to be able to alert other drivers. If you've run off the road and landed in a ditch, no one will be able to spot you, and you might not be able to get back up to the road. You want someone to be able to hear or see you to come to your aid.

– A very thick, plush, warm blanket, sturdy walking shoes, umbrella and a few clothing items, including gloves and a hat. Also include a candle in a coffee can and a windproof lighter. If you run out of gas, or are forced to sit in standstill traffic for a while, you'll want to be able to stay warm. 

– First aid supplies including scissors, tweezers, Neosporin, iodine, wound cleaner, bandages of varying size and sterile pads. If you or your traveling companions are hurt and can't go anywhere for a while, you want to be able to administer some initial aid.

– OTC medicines like cough/cold tablets, cough drops, eye drops and nasal spray. If you're on prescription drugs, it would be good to keep a supply on hand as well. If you have allergies, you want to keep an extra inhaler or EpiPen.

– Personal hygiene items like toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant and towelettes. If you have a baby or elderly relative, you'd definitely want to stock the pertinent items necessary for weathering an overnight in unpleasant surroundings.

– A few things to eat and drink, especially water. 

– A cellphone charger and solar-powered charger. If your car wrecks, or the battery dies, you want to be able to stay in touch. 

– Consider packing an ice and snow scraper/brush and a snow shovel, depending on how much snow your region normally gets. 

Winter weather watch, warning and advisory: What's the difference?

How are winter storms monitored and forecast?

Have you ever wondered how the National Weather Service can tell that a major winter storm is brewing and will affect your area in the coming days or hours? How can meteorologists tell if a storm is intensifying and where it will bring the most snow?

It's a highly sophisticated process. It starts with observing the current situation. The National Weather Service operates a widespread network of observing systems such as geostationary satellites.

Doppler radars and automated surface observing systems constantly monitor the current state-of-the-art numerical computer models to provide a glimpse of what will happen next, ranging from hours to days. 

The models are then analyzed by NWS meteorologists, who use their experience and expertise to write and disseminate forecasts. 

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Winter weather watches, warnings and advisories: What do they all mean?

The National Weather Service uses specific winter weather terms to ensure that people know what to expect in the coming days and hours.

Winter storm watch means that severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area, but their occurrence, location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued to provide 12 to 36 hours notice of the possibility of severe winter weather. A winter storm watch is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set plans in motion can do so.

A watch is upgraded to a winter storm warning when 4 or more inches of snow or sleet are expected in the next 12 hours or 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or a quarter-inch or more of ice accumulation is expected.

A winter weather advisory informs the public that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is exercised, advisory situations should not become life-threatening.

A blizzard warning means that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts and life-threatening wind chills. Listen carefully to the radio, television and NOAA weather radios for the latest winter storm watches, warnings and advisories. 

For additional information on this, visit the winter weather awareness web page at

Why is predicting the exact amount of snowfall so challenging?

Snow forecasts continue to improve, but they remain a challenging task for meteorologists. Heavy snow often falls in small bands that are hard to discern on larger-scale computer models. In addition, extremely small temperature differences define the boundary line between rain and snow.

Will the approaching storm bring heavy snowfall to your area?

Each winter, meteorologists at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, monitor weather data from across the nation for developing bands of heavy snow and freezing precipitation, as well as lightning, within weather systems.

Their ability to provide additional information about developing situations enhances winter storm warnings and helps National Weather Service field offices, private industry and local governments improve preparedness. For instance, a prediction of 8 inches of snow carries much greater consequences for a city's rush hour than 4 inches.

Want to learn more about the Storm Prediction Center's operations? For additional information visit the Storm Prediction Center web page at

North Pole experiences record warmth

Just days before Christmas, unprecedented warmth was recorded at the North Pole.

A buoy that sits nearly 90 miles south of the location registered a temperature of 31 degrees. Although still below freezing, the temperature is about 50 degrees higher than normal.

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There were two major players in unusually high temperature. The first was a large and very strong low pressure system north of Greenland. The counterclockwise flow around this system pushed abnormally warm and moist air toward the pole. The second is the lack of sea ice in the Arctic, particularly in the Barents Sea.

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the lack of sea ice in the Barents Sea is approaching record low levels. With less ice to reflect solar energy, it becomes absorbed in the ocean, warming the water and the air above it. Record warmth in November contributed to the melting of this sea ice, in turn promoting this unusually warm period once again.

A recent study published by the journal Nature said these events usually happen once or twice a decade, dating back to the 1950s. Although it's too soon to say if they are happening more frequently, 2016 is the second year in a row temperatures climbed to astonishing levels in the Arctic.

There is a constant ebb and flow to the atmosphere. Because of this excessive warmth at the poles, the cold air that usually sits there needs to go somewhere. This is exactly what happened earlier this month when North America experienced a plunge in temperatures, known as the Polar Vortex. We'll have to wait and see if the same happens this time around. For now, long range models project local temperatures to be near or slightly above normal through the first week in January.

Breathtaking viral photos show snow in the Sahara Desert

Stunning images that reportedly show snow in the Sahara Desert have gone viral.

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According to the TelegraphKarim Bouchetata captured photos of the rare sight Monday in Ain Sefra, Algeria. The last time the area had snow was in 1979, the Telegraph reportsRead more here.

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The Weather Channel confronts Breitbart's claims that global warming isn't real

The Weather Channel has confronted news, opinion and commentary website, after the conservative site used one of The Weather Channel's reports to suggest that climate change isn't real.

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Breitbart, which used to be run by Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon, published an article online titled "Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists," in which the writer claimed that this year's news of global warming "wasn’t science but propaganda" and said that the earth is cooling, not warming.

The article, published Nov. 30, included an embed of a weather report by meteorologist Kait Parker, who addressed Breitbart's claims in a video and written note Tuesday. 

The announcement was titled "Note to Breitbart: Earth is not cooling, climate change is real and please stop using our video to mislead Americans." 

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"Last week, published an article claiming that global warming was nothing but a scare, and global temperatures were actually falling," Parker said. "(The) problem is, they used a completely unrelated video about La Nina with my face in it to attempt to back their point.

"Here's the thing: Science doesn't care about your opinion. Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future nor the fact -- note, fact, not opinion -- that the earth is warming."

Parker launched into an explanation of the falsity of each of Breitbart's claims and concluded with a pointed message. 

"Next time you're thinking about publishing a cherry-picked article, try consulting a scientist first. And to all my fellow scientists out there, let's make the facts louder than the opinions," she said.

"Though we would prefer to focus on our usual coverage of weather and climate science, in this case, we felt it important to add our two cents," The Weather Channel wrote online. 

 Read more at The Weather Channel

WATCH: Cat rescued after its paws froze to the ground

A cat found frozen to the ground has a second chance thanks to a quick-thinking couple.

A video posted to YouTube shows a couple comforting the cat whose paws and fur froze to the ground as it sought refuge under a car in Russia.

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The couple used warm water to gently free the cat from its frozen state.

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According to Mashable, the couple said the cat was able to walk later that evening and was adopted that week.

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