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Weather radios play important role in safety during storms

Weather radios play important role in safety during storms

(WXIA) Many people rely on tornado sirens to alert them when bad weather is quickly approaching.

But not all counties have tornado sirens, and even if your county does have one, it may be too far from your home to hear it while you're sleeping.

"Well, weather radios you can get fairly cheap," Keith Stellman, Meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City explained. "It's a one-time fee, but the biggest advantage is the fact that you can program it, and it will wake you up in the middle of the night with a very loud alarm."

The National Weather Service office in Peachtree City sends out the watches and warnings directly to the weather radios, whereas, other alternatives such as apps or text message alerts can carry a time delay of up to two minutes, since they are routed through multiple vendors first.

Ga. golf cart manufacturer issues recall

Ga. golf cart manufacturer issues recall

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- An Augusta-based golf cart manufacturer has issued a recall for 950 of its vehicles. 

Club Car has issued recalls for some of its gas-powered golf carts, which are used for short-distance transportation.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the fuel hose could separate from the fuel tank, which poses a fire hazard.

Federal officials say the vehicles involved in the recall were manufactured in 2013.

14 athletes commit to Georgia Tech on National Signing Day

ATLANTA -- National Signing Day fell on Wednesday, and marked a day where hard-working high school athletes across Georgia announced which college they would attend.

Numerous athletes made their college commitments to Georgia Tech on National Signing Day.

Among the Georgia Tech signees are:

Vote in Tuesday's special election

Vote in Tuesday's special election

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City will hold a special election on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The election is to find a replacement for Rep. Robert Stokely, who withdrew from the Georgia House.

Polls will be open at Peachtree City Christian Church and the Kedron Field House and Aquatic Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The vacant House seat serves portions of Coweta and Fayette counties.

The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA - The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is here.  This week a defending state champion drops out of the poll, but the name at the top is still the same.

Despite a loss to region rival Norcross, the North Gwinnett girls cling to the top spot this week with unbeaten Parkview next. Norcross,Wesleyan and Buford make up the top 5.

Tucker, Stephenson, Columbia, Miller Grove and Alpharetta complete the top 10.

Greater Atlanta Christian slides from 11th to 17th, while Osborne tumbles from 20th to 25th.

Defending state champion McEachern and Mill Creek drop out of the Super 25 poll this week.

The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports.

Fayette unemployment rises to 7.2 percent

Fayette unemployment rises to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in December, up from 8.0 percent in November.

In Fayette County, the unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent. It was 6.8 percent in November.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rise was due to a number of factors, including an increase in first-time claims for unemployment insurance and an increase in the labor force as more people search for jobs.

Metro Athens had the area's lowest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region was highest at 11.4 percent.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

Atlanta, Ga.-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is here. This week's changes can be found in the top ten, but there is no change at the top spot.

The North Gwinnett girls lead this week's list followed by unbeaten Parkview, Norcross, Wesleyan and Columbia in the top 5.

Buford is 6th, with Stephenson, Tucker, Miller Grove and North Cobb rounding out the top 10.

This week Duluth moves up from 21st to 17th, while Creekview rises from 25th to 21st.

Woodstock and McEachern join the countdown this week, while McIntosh and Mill Creek fall out of the Super 25.

The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com.