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WATCH: President Trump and White House coronavirus task force give daily update 

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President Trump and members of the Coronavirus Task Force brief reporters at the White House on the latest developments and the administration’s response.

Easter 2020: Which grocery stores are open or closed in Georgia?

Easter 2020: Which grocery stores are open or closed in Georgia?

With Easter approaching Georgia shoppers may be wondering if they’ll be able to get their ingredients together for a decidedly different Sunday meal amid the coronavirus pandemic.  However, unlike years past, some grocery stores are closing to give employees some time to rest. Grocery workers have been working especially hard over the last month or so to keep shelves stocked. Many have had special shopping hours for people at higher-risk of contracting the new virus to make purchases. » RELATED: In metro Atlanta, Easter and Passover observations go digital Below is a list of stores that are open and closed this year on Sunday, April 12, according to Good Housekeeping. Still, Georgians should be sure to contact their local store to confirm operating hours and obtain current information on closings. Stores that are open on Easter Sunday Fresh Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Piggly Wiggly will be open Sunday, but regular hours vary from store to store. Kroger is closing early on Easter Sunday. Check local store hours here. Stop and Shop will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walmart will be open for adjusted hours from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m due to the coronavirus pandemic. Walmart stores usually open for 24 hours will operate with reduced hours, which are 6 a.m. -11 p.m. Whole Foods will be open with adjusted hours on Easter. Be sure to check with your local store for details. » RELATED: Creative ways to celebrate Easter at home, virtually Stores that are closed on Easter Sunday Aldi  BJ's Costco Publix Sam's Club  Target  Trader Joe's Winn-Dixie

Textbook severe weather case Easter Sunday

Textbook severe weather case Easter Sunday

It may not rain constantly Easter Sunday but rain is likely, heavy at times.  This looks like a possibly historic severe weather outbreak in parts of Dixie, the data is showing all the parameters and ingredients coming together for heavy rain and numerous wind damage storms and some tornadoes, including the chance for a long-track strong tornado especially West and South of Atlanta.  From this distance that looks maximized in LA, MS, AL but other areas could be added in future updates. (The threat here in Metro Atlanta is real though). It’s still 3-days out so too early for specifics but not too early to have your family shelter and safety plan in place just in case.  From this distance it looks like the greatest risk for damaging winds in our area will come late afternoon Easter OR overnight Sunday night, exiting first thing Monday morning.  (best estimate for now is 4pm Sunday to 2am Monday). Check back for updates here and on-air WSB Radio through the weekend as the situation becomes more clear. Watches and warnings of some kind are likely. One thing to keep in mind is there may be enough wind gusts for a tree to cause a power outage even without rain or a severe thunderstorm.  I’ve been covering the risk of severe weather Easter since Monday and illustrated the set-up in my blog back on Tuesday if you missed it here.  FACTORS I AM LOOKING AT WITH THE SYSTEM COMING OUR WAY: *Southern California potent low pressure system ejects east and phases with another incoming northern jet stream trough of low pressure with incredible wind energy forming a large baroclinic cyclone surface and aloft. *Strong short-wave trough becomes negatively-tilted with a rapidly deepening surface low that suddenly leaps Northeast whipping a cold front through the South and East states by Monday.  *Warmer than normal Gulf of Mexico water to feed moisture fuel. *Strong low-level jet (~5,000FT). *Intense upper-level jet stream (18,000-35,000FT) and possible dual jet stream couplet to maximize upward air motion. *Jet stream overspreading surface warm sector of mature mid-latitude cyclone. *Widespread parameters for near-surface helicity and wind-shear. Bottom line... a prolific destructive and dangerous weather set-up for a widespread pretty broad area of the Southern States from Texas to the East Coast, BUT the details can not yet be pined down.  It is RARE for the NOAA Storm Prediction Center to issue a moderate risk 3 days in advance but they have, something reserved only for what they think may be prolific and impactful event.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Five days of rain in a row in L-A and San Diego is very rare The system now: The weather in far off places plays a role here warmer than normal Pacific Ocean surface water energizes sub-tropical jet stream with upper-level low (ULL) in Southern jet stream and another from the polar jet stream from the Northwest merge: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: SURFACE WEATHER MAP SEQUENCE: Saturday surface chart: Sunday morning surface chart: Monday surface chart: 500MB LEVEL JET STREAM VORTICITY SUNDAY AFTERNOON: 500MB LEVEL JET STREAM VORTICITY EARLY MONDAY MORNING: RAINFALL OUTLOOK: SEVERE WEATHER GUIDANCE (greatest risk in brighter/darker colors): WHAT THIS DOES *NOT* MEAN... OMG we’re all gonna die. Everyone will get storm damage. There will be a thousand tornadoes and many will be the biggest and strongest and longest path ever seen in history on earth.  100% chance of rain means 100% of the day will be wet. There’s no way the forecast can be a bust. Again, none of the above are true.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do I see some ways this can end up not being all that bad? Yes, just like snow or freeze predictions or any forecast there is a normal and expected margin of error.  We can get lucky in a variety of ways with this system, I won’t bore you with every one, to name a few... maybe the system ends up weaker than expected, the dynamics come close but don’t quite line up with the right timing (aka the phase-space it out of sync so best thermodynamics and kinematics are not together), heavy rain and storms near the Gulf sap the system of energy, rain and clouds are widespread enough to keep instability at a minimum and/or prevent surface rooted rotation, the system slows down enough that the storms weaken by the time any squall-line arrives locally and the air mass is less unstable than modeled etc.  Fingers crossed, as the Boy Scouts say: “Be prepared”. I’d rather be safe than sorry, plan for the worst hope for the best. Check back for updates through the weekend. For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB. ******************************************************************************************************************************************* Do this know this NOW: 1) Figure out the safest place in your house 2) Keys: avoid windows, use interior room like bathroom, closet or pantry on the lowest floor  3) Mobile homes/manufactured homes are UNSAFE in a tornado and you must leave for better shelter. 4) Have multiple ways to get warnings but NOT social media or outdoor sirens: 5) RADIO/TV 6) Free APP Note below is for a standard house NOT a mobile or trailer: More on tornado dos and dont's.

Atlanta is still open for business! We’re doing our part by connecting our communities affected by the COVID-19 virus with the businesses that are still providing services to the people of Atlanta.
Atlanta is still open for business! We’re doing our part by connecting our communities affected by the COVID-19 virus with the businesses that are still providing services to the people of Atlanta.
Atlanta is still open for business! We’re doing our part by connecting our communities affected by the COVID-19 virus with the businesses that are still providing services to the people of Atlanta.
Atlanta is still open for business! We’re doing our part by connecting our communities affected by the COVID-19 virus with the businesses that are still providing services to the people of Atlanta.
Pentagon grapples with threat from Coronavirus Five days after the commander of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier was removed from his post after his plea for Coronavirus help leaked into the press, Pentagon officials reported that at least 11 percent of the crew of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt had tested positive for the virus, raising questions about how outbreaks might impact military readiness. 'There's 5,000 sailors on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,' said said Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen. John Hyten. 'To think that it will never happen again is not a good way to plan.'  As for the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy was quickly testing all aboard. '3170 of the crew tested negative. 416 have tested positive,' said Hyten, who told reporters at a Pentagon briefing that over 1,100 crew members are still awaiting the results of their tests. One sailor had been admitted to an intensive care unit. 'This will be a new way of doing business that we have to focus in on,' Hyten added, acknowledging the military is watching closely, and trying to figure out answers. 'How do we quarantine a ship before it goes out? How do we consolidate the ship so we can operate?' Hyten said. 'We have a couple of other small pockets - not the size of the Teddy Roosevelt - but small, that we have to focus in on,' the General said of virus threats writ large to the armed services. The data about the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt came about a week after Captain Brett Crozier appealed for help on his ship - a move which ultimately spurred his ouster, and then resulted in the resignation of the Acting Navy Secretary, after he flew 2,500 miles to visit the ship, and ridiculed Crozier's leadership. Along with the Theodore Roosevelt, there are confirmed Coronavirus cases on two other U.S. Navy carriers - the U.S.S. Nimitz, and the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. 'There's been a very small number of breakouts on the Nimitz, and we're watching that very closely,' Hyten said, going against other Navy denials of virus cases on board that vessel. Overall, the military still says the threat from the virus is low to active duty service members, in part because of their young age. 'In aggregate, the slope is low and slow,' Gen. Hyten said.
 
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