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    A Columbus, Georgia, mother’s look of surprise after delivering her second child was caught on camera, and images of her expression are amusing the internet. Today reported that Dara Crouch, and her husband, Eric, 30, chose to keep the gender of her newborn a secret. Already a mother to 3-year-old daughter Neyland, the labor and delivery nurse didn’t know until April 25 that she broke a 50-year family history of baby girls. >> Read more trending news “I just knew I was having a girl,” Crouch, 29, told Today.com. As it turns out, Crouch delivered a boy. Her surprised reaction was caught by her friend and photographer Neely Ker-Fox. The images were posted on Ker-Fox’s Facebook page.  “All of our reactions were genuine that she thought it was a girl,”  Ker-Fox told ABC News. “We all saw that very vulnerable moment and we started crying when we heard it was a boy.” “I look kind of crazy in them, but I think they’re great,' Crouch told ABC News. “We have something to look back on; had we not had a photographer in the room, we would've never seen that.” The boy was a long time coming, according to Crouch, but that wasn’t why she was so surprised. “The last boy that we know was born on my side of the family is 50 years ago, but quite honestly, it has little to do with the shock in the picture. I really just thought it was a girl, I really did. We already had a girl and I guess I kind of saw us as ‘girl parents.’” Now 7 weeks old, Liam is “doing great,” Crouch says. “He loves to eat and watch his big sister play … and he loves to smile at his daddy.” Ker-Fox told CBS News that of the 100-plus births she’s photographed in six years, this one is extra special. “Never have I had a mom look directly into my camera,” she said. “It was such an unexpected photo to grab for me. Her face was genuine shock, which melted into pure and instantaneous love for her son.” Crouch told the 
  • CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota and White House counsel Kellyanne Conway shared a tense exchange after Camerota accused Conway of not answering her question about Russian interference. >> Read more trending news Camerota asked Conway specifically what President Trump’s White House is doing to prevent Russian interference and hacking in American politics. Each time Camerota asked a question, Conway did not respond directly. Conway accused CNN of pushing a narrative before saying “you’ve asked me the same question three times now and I’m answering it.” “Kellyanne, you’re not answering it,” Camerota shot back. “He’s the president of the United States,” Conway said again of Trump. “And what’s he doing?” Camerota asked again, still in search of an answer. Camerota continued to press Conway for an answer. “What action is the White House doing to stop Russian interference in elections?” Camerota asked again. Conway answered again telling Camerota that Trump expressed “his resistance towards any type of outside interference.”
  • A Charlotte, North Carolina, woman is desperate to find a couple portrayed in wedding pictures that she found on a flash drive she bought at a local thrift store. >> Read more trending news Kathy Feaster said she bought the drive at the Community Thrift Store to clean up her computer. When she popped it into the computer, someone’s wedding photos came up. >> Photos: Couple sought after wedding photos found on jump drive (WSOC-TV) 'I was like, 'OMG, these are somebody's wedding pictures,'' Feaster said. The flash drive holds all the special moments from the couple's big day: walking down the aisle, sharing a first kiss as husband and wife and cutting the cake. '(A) beautiful cake. (A) beautiful bride. The groom is handsome,' Feaster said. 'It's like the storybook wedding.' She shared the pictures with WSOC-TV, hoping to find the couple and to be able to get the pictures back to them. It appears from the data on the photos that the pictures were taken between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 7, 2014. 'My most prized possession is my wedding pictures, and I just know that this couple would want theirs,' she said. 'Those are like things you show to your children, they show it to their children, their children, it just goes down the line, so I just wanted to make sure the couple got those pictures back.' Please share the post in case one of your friends knows this couple. 
  • A scare happened at a Leominster, Massachusetts, supermarket after a 4-day-old newborn was left locked inside of a hot car while her mother was inside shopping. >> Read more trending news Mother Sharma Murphy said that on her way to Market Basket supermarket on Friday, she stopped by the fire house to make sure her baby’s car seat was properly installed. Less than an hour later, those firefighters helped rescue her 4-day-old baby, who was locked in her hot car. A shopper called Leominster police after spotting a newborn alone inside a car. It was Sharma Murphy's silver Chevy Malibu. >> A reminder of hot car dangers as temperatures climb Murphy said she was out for the first time with her newborn daughter, 4-day-old Katherine, and was nervous. “I went, I bought it. Came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me. Screaming at me,” said Murphy. Murphy said she brought her newborn inside with her to Market Basket and then returned to the car when Katherine fell asleep. She said that she ran back inside for two or three minutes to buy some baby formula. “I went (in and) I bought it,” Murphy said. “(I) came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me.” Related: Two toddlers dead after 15 hours in hot car, police say Police said the windows were rolled up. “I believe she locked her keys in the car because they had to use the jimmy to get the baby out,” witness John Casey told WFXT. According to WFXT meteorologists, the outside temperature was 84 degrees at the time. Murphy said she didn’t want to wake her newborn. “I thought, ‘OK, if I run in and run out...’ It was one of those things where she's gotta eat because I have nothing left for her and that's when everything happened and I'm like, oh my God,” Murphy said. Katherine was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Her mother said he is fine. The baby is currently in custody of DCF. No charges have been filed.
  • Police in Georgia are hoping surveillance video that captured a violent attack will help them find the people responsible. Video shows a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter being beaten by two customers Thursday afternoon in Baxley, Georgia. >> Read more trending news The victims told police the suspects were unhappy with their order. The verbal argument turned violent when one of the suspects began punching the restaurant owner repeatedly. When the victim’s teenage daughter came out of the car to break up the fight, the male suspect punched her in the face. WJCL reported that Baxley police have issued warrants for the suspects, Nathaniel Smith and Latasha Smith. The pair could be charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children. The suspects drove away from the restaurant in a cream or tan Cadillac Escalade with tag number REU8495. Officials said they headed north on Highway 144. Anyone with any information about the assault is asked to call the Baxley Police Department at 912-367-8305 or the 911 call center at 912-367-8111.
  • More than 100 customers at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Scottsburg, Indiana, generously paid for the meals of the drivers behind them Sunday. >> Read more trending news WDRB reported that the act began with a regular visitor. ABC News reported that her meal was about $6. “(The customer) saw a dad in the van behind her,” Hunter Hostetler, an employee at the McDonald’s location, told WDRB. “He had, like, four kids in the car. He had a bunch of happy meals, two Quarter Pounders, a Big Mac meal and some other stuff. She was like, ‘I'm going to pay for the father behind me, and I want you to tell him Happy Father's Day.’” The father’s order was $36. In turn, that father paid for the order in the two cars behind him, and from 8:30 to midnight, 167 cars total continued to pay it forward. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news “It was very heartwarming,” Hostetler, 19, told ABC News. “The last customer who came through even asked if there was another car and I said, ‘Ma’am, I’m sorry, you’re our last customer for the night. We’re closing.’” ABC News reported that some customers were a few dollars short when paying it forward, but Hostetler and his co-worker, Jessica Wells, chipped in to pay the difference. Hostetler noted that many customers paid it forward without regard for the cost of the orders behind them. Frank Ward, the owner of the McDonald’s location, responded to what he called an “act of kindness” with a statement to ABC News: “McDonald’s believes in supporting the local communities in which we operate. I was proud to experience the Scottsburg community come together in this act of kindness under the Golden Arches.”
  • A Florida man stole a van, jumped on a plane’s wing and tried to board the aircraft that was preparing to taxi down a runway, according to police.  >> Read more trending news On Tuesday, Gregory A. Hoch, 37, allegedly stole a surveyor’s van after the man got out of it to get his tools, the Lakeland Police Department wrote on Facebook. After that, Hoch headed straight to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, where his plan was to “make the pilot take him somewhere,” according to police. Hoch ran through a business, entered the airfield and gained access to the runway, police said. Hoch’s plan was soaring high until he came tumbling down. Just as he was about to open the plane’s door, Lt. Eric Harper from the Lakeland Police Department pulled Hoch back onto the runway. Surprisingly, nobody was injured during this incident. Hoch was charged with multiple charges including grand theft and burglary to an occupied conveyance. 
  • Some of the biggest artists in rap, hip hop, pop, R&B, movies and TV will be at the BET Awards on Sunday. Remy Ma, DJ Khaled, New Edition and more  are scheduled to be at the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  >> Read more trending news Here’s what you need to know before the show: What time: 8 p.m. ET What channel: BET, with live streams on BET.com and YouTube.  A backstage live stream will be on Twitter at 8:30 p.m. ET. Who is hosting: “Saturday Night Live” cast member and comedian Leslie Jones. Who is performing: Bruno Mars will open the show. Mary J. Blige, French Montana, Gucci Mane, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, Big Sean, El Debarge, Xscape, New Edition, SZA,  DJ Khaled, Maxwell and A$AP Rocky are among the announced performers. Who is presenting awards: Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett-Smith, LaLa Anthony, Issa Rae, Remy Ma, Yara Shahidi and Trevor Noah are among the presenters. Who is nominated:  The list of nominees in each category, according to the BET website, is below. BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST Beyonce Kehlani Mary J. Blige Rihanna Solange BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST Bruno Mars Chris Brown The Weeknd Trey Songz Usher VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee” Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” Beyonce, “Sorry” The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy” Drake, “Fake Love” Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles” BEST GROUP 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne A Tribe Called Quest Fat Joe and Remy Ma Migos Rae Sremmurd BEST COLLABORATION Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Freedom” Chance the Raper featuring 2 Chainz, “No Problem” Chris Brown featuring Gucci Mane and Usher, “Party” DJ Khaled featuring Beyonce and JAY-Z, “Shining” Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee” Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles” BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST Big Sean Chance the Rapper Drake Future J. Cole Kendrick Lamar BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST Cardi B Missy Elliott Nicki Minaj Remy Ma Young M.A VIDEO OF THE YEAR Beyonce, “Sorry” Big Sean, “Bounce Back” Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee” Solange, “Cranes in the Sky” VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Benny Boom - Kehlani, “Crazy” Bruno Mars and Jonathan Lia - Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” Director X - Zayn Malik, “Like I Would” Hype Williams - Tyga featuring Desiigner, “Gucci Snakes” Kahlil Joseph and Beyonce Knowles-Carter - Beyonce, “Sorry” BEST NEW ARTIST 21 Savage Cardi B Chance the Rapper Khalid Young M.A BEST ACTRESS Gabrielle Union Issa Rae Janelle Monae Taraji P. Henson Viola Davis BEST ACTOR Bryshere Y. Gray Denzel Washington Donald Glover Mahershala Ali Omari Hardwick DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD CeCe Winans, “Never Have to Be Alone” Fantasia featuring Tye Tribbett, “I Made It” Kirk Franklin featuring Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann, “My World Needs You” Lecrae, “Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination)” Tamela Mann, “God Provides” YOUNGSTARS AWARD Ace Hunter Caleb McLaughlin Jaden Smith Marsai Martin Yara Shahidi BEST MOVIE “Get Out” “Moonlight” “Hidden Figures” “Fences” “The Birth of a Nation” SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD Gabby Douglas Serena Williams Simone Biles Skylar Diggins Venus Williams SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD LeBron James Cam Netwon Odell Beckam Jr. Russell Westbrook Stephen Curry CENTRIC AWARD Fantasia, “Sleeping with the One I Love” Kehlani, “Distraction” Mary J. Blige, “Thick of It” Solange, “Cranes In the Sky” SYD, “All About Me” Yuna featuring Usher, “Crush” ALBUM OF THE YEAR Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” J. Cole, “4 Your Eyez Only” Solange, “A Seat at the Table” Chance the Rapper, “Coloring Book” Beyonce, “Lemonade” BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: EUROPE Stormzy Skepta Giggs Craig David Wiley Emeli Sande MHD Booba BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: AFRICA Wizkid  Tekno Mr. Eazi Davido Stonebwoy AKA Nasty C Babes Wodumo Special honors: Chance the Rapper will receive the Humanitarian Award. New Edition will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Round Rock, Texas, Police Chief Allen Banks has received a special message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation: the Hairy Man seen galavanting around the Round Rock trails is a “most wanted fugitive.” >> Read more trending news According to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, which has been keeping residents abreast of recent Bigfoot sightings, Round Rock’s top police official got an email from the FBI stating it has added Bigfoot to the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” List. The Bureau is offering a reward of up to $500,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of the giant, hair-covered being, according to the Parks and Rec Department. Bigfoot was last seen on the Brushy Creek Regional Trail and made “loud, demonic-like howl sounds,” according to the FBI most-wanted poster. Recently, some Round Rock teens and other area families have shared videos of their search for the enormous quadruped. According to the recently released FBI poster, Bigfoot is a “menace to wildlife” and is accused of “destruction of government property” and “terrorism of campers.” The creature is allegedly “armed and dangerous,” according to the FBI message received by police. But is the Round Rock Hairy Man really that ferocious and ill-willed? So far, there has been no evidence of destruction or vandalism by the big man on the trails. Not even any food or sign of a campsite has been found. Just a few oversized footprints in the mud are the only evidence left behind by the beast. The Hairy Man seems to be abiding by the “Leave No Trace” camping principles: respect wildlife, take out what you bring in, and leave what you find. So is this creature Round Rock’s Hairy Man legend of yore come to life? Is it Bigfoot? Sasquatch? Or is it just Harry trying to find his Hendersons?
  • An 8-year-old Florida boy teamed up with his father to catch a 6-foot-long python in the Florida Everglades. >> Read more trending news According to a Friday Facebook post by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Joe Daskam and his father, Steve Daskam spotted the snake while driving down a road one night. Related: Florida man catches 50th python during landmark python hunt Under his Daskam supervision, officials said Joe approached the snake from behind and grabbed it right behind its head. This is the recommended way to catch a snake to prevent it from biting, officials said. That same night, Daskam captured an 8-foot-long python. FWC said both snakes were turned over to the agency. Related: 12-foot Burmese python, 39 eggs captured in Florida On April 15, FWC launched a program with 22 paid hunters to capture the invasive python species in South Florida. In addition to the paid hunters, FWC launched its Python Pickup Program that encourages people to kill pythons by offering prizes such as T-shirts, $100 gas cards, Yeti tumblers, GoPro cameras and other gear.

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  • There is light at the end of the prolonged wet and/or cloudy spell we have been going through. As I’ve been advertising on the radio for a few days now a prolonged dry spell is expected to begin Sunday and last through next Thursday, with modest thunderstorm chances returning Friday and next weekend. By the way, from this long distance, 4th of July weather looks pretty typical for the Metro, very warm and humid with around a 30% chance of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm. But first things first. We are still in a warm very deep moist tropical air mass. And while we get to see some sun today and tomorrow, we are not done with rain just yet, nor the threat of an isolated severe storm or small, weak tornado. Listen for details on the weather today this weekend and next 5 days on the radio in my reports for updates. Or check wsbradio.com at Click on the MellishMeter on the WSB Radio homepage for my 5 day forecast in writing anytime on any digital device. Due to the tropical nature of the air in place, more heavy downpours are likely in spots late today and overnight into tomorrow and that’s on already saturated soils, so a FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been issued for all of Metro Atlanta north of Griffin. Take note that trees may fall in the wet root zones without new rain or without high wind. Also bear in mind that in tropical systems lightning and thunder is often at a minimum, even in storms capable of producing damaging straight line winds or a tornado, so you may get little or no warning. You can see what’s left of Tropical Storm Cindy and the approach of a front from the north. MID-DAY FRIDAY: FRIDAY END OF DAY: FRIDAY EVENING: SATURDAY AM: END OF DAY SATURDAY: SUNDAY MORNING: HIGHEST FLOODING RISK FRIDAY: Flash Flood Watch 2pm Friday-8pm Saturday FRIDAY SEVERE WEATHER RISK:   TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 9PM Atlanta time: The remnants of Cindy will push eastward, and interact with shear axis/weak convergence boundary through Saturday. This shear axis/weak convergence zone will slowly sag south across the metro area through Saturday, serving to focus areas of precipitation. As with any tropical system, the potential for severe weather will exist. Especially for isolated tornadoes within any rain-bands. Areas roughly along and west of the Interstate 85 corridor will have the best potential for any severe weather through tonight. However, if good heating occurs across southern areas today, an isolated severe thunderstorm is not out of the question there, too. End of day Friday predicted (simulated) radar from a couple models: A welcome change is headed our way in the long term as drier air moves into the region, with lower than normal temperatures continuing and lower than normal humidity moving in with a less than normal rain odds Sunday through next Thursday. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @MellishMeterWSB
  • Family and friends are preparing for the funeral for a 16-year-old killed in a crash in Cherokee County. Police said a 17-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel on Hightower Road and traveled into an embankment and hit a tree. Mahlon Thornton died at the scene. The driver has a broken arm. Family members said Mahlon and his friend had been up all night fishing Sunday into Monday. 'They stayed up all night fishing. They were tired and they were probably going pretty fast,' said Cynthia Decker, Mahlon's guardian. Mahlon moved in with Decker three years ago. TRENDING STORIES: Sheriff reduces jail time for Georgia inmates who saved officer Police: Woman attacked at gas pump, turns tables on would-be robbers Homeowner stabbed to death during home invasion 'I'm going to miss that hug in the morning and that hug at night and that hug before he left,' she said. Deputies are still investigating the crash. 'I just want these kids to understand they're not invincible. They gotta rest. They gotta take care of themselves,' Decker said. Mahlon's parents said they forgive the driver. 'No blame, no blame. It could have easily been Mahlon driving,' said the victim's mother, Jenelle Thornton. Mahlon's funeral is Saturday in West Cobb. His family said they are finding comfort through faith. 'Our ministry has just begun because of this event. This will reshape us. We have no idea how to comprehend,' the victim's father, Wayne Thornton said.
  • A mother wanted on child cruelty charges out of Snellville has been arrested in Tennessee.  Savion Piotter already had DFCS cases pending against her in New York and DeKalb County. Snellville Police Det. Deann Green took out arrest warrants against her last week for drugging her four kids with Benadryl in an effort to control them, keeping them out of school for the last year and refusing to seek medical care for them.  When an officer showed up at her Snellville duplex with a caseworker, a 3-year-old answered the door and an 8-year-old subsequently shut and locked it in the officer’s face. Piotter skipped town with the kids before police could return with the warrant.  “I was able to ping her cell phone… and located it in Tennessee. I coordinated with Knoxville Police Department and they were able to locate her in the hotel in that area and make an arrest,” Green tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.  The four children were placed in DFCS custody and will be brought back to Georgia along with Piotter who Green plans to extradite.  Asked why Green was able to locate Piotter when others haven’t been able to, “My big thing is to keep track of kids and make sure they’re safe and in good condition. So, I wanted to make sure they didn’t slip through the cracks,” she says.
  • Mike Foltynewicz won his fourth straight decision at home, shortstop Dansby Swanson made a pair of outstanding defensive plays in the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Friday night for their sixth win in seven games. Foltynewicz (5-5) gave up one run, four hits and three walks in five innings with nine strikeouts, improving to 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last five starts at SunTrust Park. Brandon Phillips homered and drove in two runs, and Arodys Vizcaino earned his first save since last June 26 against the New York Mets. Eric Thames doubled leading off the ninth, and Domingo Santana hit a two-hopper to the second-base side of Swanson, who spun and threw out Thames at third. Travis Shaw flied out to the left-field warning track as Santana advanced, and Manny Pina lined out to Swanson, who made a diving backhand catch in the shortstop hole, for the final out. Atlanta third baseman Johan Camargo went to a knee for a backhand stab of pinch-hitter Jesus Aguilar's hard-hit grounder in the eighth and threw to second base, starting an inning-ending double play. Foltynewicz enjoyed some rare success against left-handed batters, who were hitting .348 against him coming in. He held Eric Sogard, Eric Thames, Travis Shaw and switch-hitter Nick Franklin to a combined 1 for 9 with two walks and four strikeouts. Jimmy Nelson (5-4) allowed four runs, six hits and three walks in five innings. He had gone 4-1 with a 2.24 ERA in his previous nine starts. Atlanta, which has won three straight, took a 2-0 lead in the first when Phillips homered and Tyler Flowers got an RBI on what could have been an inning-ending double-play grounder. Sogard fielded the grounder to second and flipped to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who dropped the ball. Second-base umpire Ed Hickox ruled Matt Adams out at second, but the call was overturned on video review, causing Arcia to be given an error. Milwaukee made two errors, raising its NL-leading total to 58. Keon Bronxton's 12th homer cut the Brewers' deficit in the fourth, but the Braves opened a 4-1 lead in the fifth when Phillips hit an RBI double and scored on Flowers' single. Santana had an RBI single off Sam Freeman in the seventh, and Swanson singled in the run against Brent Suter in the bottom half. Arcia hit a two-run double against Jose Ramirez in the eighth. ON THE MEND, QUICKLY After a CT scan and meeting with Braves team physician Dr. Gary Lourie, Freddie Freeman said his broken left wrist is 80-90 percent healed, up from 50 percent last week. The improvement led Freeman to move up the timetable of his return nearly two weeks on July 6 at NL East-leading Washington. Freeman wants to play three to four games on a rehab assignment and return as the starting third baseman. TRAINER'S ROOM Brewers: LF Lewis Brinson was in pain after getting hit on the left hand by a fastball from Ramirez in the eighth but stayed in the game. Braves: LF Matt Kemp was held out of the lineup to rest his left hamstring. Kemp left Thursday's 12-11 win over San Francisco after singling in eight-run fifth inning. He missed two games last weekend with a similar injury and was on the 10-day DL in April with a strained right hamstring. UP NEXT Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (3-3), scheduled to start Saturday, has won two of eight starts with a 4.56 ERA against Atlanta. Braves: RHP R.A. Dickey (5-5), slated to pitch for Altanta, is 2-1 with a 3.64 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances against Milwaukee. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Several thunderstorm warnings were issued as strong storms moved through parts of metro Atlanta Friday evening.Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz said storms brought heavy rain and damaging wind.There were reports of trees down in Cherokee County and other parts of the north metro. Nitz said there is a chance for rain overnight Friday and into Saturday. After a cloudy start, showers and thunderstorms are likely Saturday afternoon and evening. [Download the free Severe Weather Team 2 app for weather alerts]All of metro Atlanta and north Georgia are under a Flash Flood Watch. More rain could cause ponding on roads, flooding of poor drainage areas, creeks and streams. Flash Flood Watch 2pm today thru Sat evening. Ground is saturated & additional rain could cause flooding in areas pic.twitter.com/IPpuBtMdE7-- Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) June 23, 2017 Several tornado warnings were issued as storms moved through the metro Thursday night.There were reports of funnel clouds in Butts County, as well as reports of trees down and cars blown around.First responders said the reports were not as serious as they first thought.[PHOTOS: Storms move through several metro counties]'A lot of torrential rain, a lot of wind, but we've dodged the bullet here tonight,' Jackson fire Capt. David Dunn said. Dunn said he knows with the heavy rain there is a chance for more trees to come down because of the saturated soil and more rain on the way.'We're just prepared for the next storm front to come through here, so we'll be here,' he said.
  • There's a new feature on the popular app Snapchat that has some parents worried.Young teens may be sharing their location without parents ever knowing.The 'Snap Map' allows anyone on a child's friend list to see exactly where they are in real time.'I thought it was a little weird because I don't need all my friends knowing where I am,' Snapchat user Kate Holland said.Channel 2's Justin Wilfon showed the feature to parents.'That's dangerous in my opinion. Really dangerous,' parent David Cleope said.Social media experts said it's dangerous because friends on the app aren't always real friends.'They're friends on your list, but they may or may not be friends in the real world and that's something that parents need to talk to their kids about,' said Ben Halper, founder of the Savvy Cyber Kids organization.Wilfon contacted Snapchat, which defended the new feature.The company points out that users must opt-in to use Snap Map. They can easily hide their location by choosing 'ghost mode.' If they chose to use Snap Map, they can reveal their location to all friends or just a few.Snapchat said in a statement:'The safety of our community is very important to us. Snapchatters can choose exactly who they want to share their location with, if at all, and can change that setting at any time.'Holland said she partially opted in, revealing her location only to a few close friends.'I don't know, all this stuff that happens in the world. It doesn't seem like something you should have,' she said. Here's the full statement Snapchat sent me, defending the safety of their new Snap Map feature. @wsbtv #Nightbeat pic.twitter.com/y4kaCbyEay-- Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) June 24, 2017