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Showers, storms today to start wet week ahead

Showers and storms are likely to start a wet pattern for the week.

Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the timing for rain in your area, on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

Monday morning is off to a nice start, with sunshine and temperatures in the 60s and low 70.

“There is plenty of moisture and enough instability for scattered showers and storms at any time during the day. They will diminish overnight, but redevelop again tomorrow,” Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Karen Minton said. 

Rain chances are at 60 percent for Monday.

[Download the FREE Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area]

Showers and storms will be numerous later Monday, Severe Weather Team 2 Meterorologist Brian Monahan said.

General pattern favors a trough -- dip in the jet stream -- in the east for most of the next 7-10 days though... that would mean above average rain/near to below average temps— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) July 23, 2018

By nighttime, there is a break but there is a potential for more wet weather into the overnight hours.

An upper low-pressure system sits over Georgia and will hang around through Tuesday. 

It will weaken slightly, but still have enough energy to produce showers and storms over the next couple of days, Minton said.

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Showers, storms today to start wet week ahead

Showers and storms are likely to start a wet pattern for the week.

Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the timing for rain in your area, on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

Monday morning is off to a nice start, with sunshine and temperatures in the 60s and low 70.

“There is plenty of moisture and enough instability for scattered showers and storms at any time during the day. They will diminish overnight, but redevelop again tomorrow,” Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Karen Minton said. 

Rain chances are at 60 percent for Monday.

[Download the FREE Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area]

Showers and storms will be numerous later Monday, Severe Weather Team 2 Meterorologist Brian Monahan said.

General pattern favors a trough -- dip in the jet stream -- in the east for most of the next 7-10 days though... that would mean above average rain/near to below average temps— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) July 23, 2018

By nighttime, there is a break but there is a potential for more wet weather into the overnight hours.

An upper low-pressure system sits over Georgia and will hang around through Tuesday. 

It will weaken slightly, but still have enough energy to produce showers and storms over the next couple of days, Minton said.

TRENDING STORIES:

Ga. lawmaker urged to resign after using racial slurs, dropping pants in TV show Mexican-American man recovering from stabbing he says was racially-motivated Police: Baby found dead after mom left him home alone for 10 hours while she worked

 

Ga. lawmaker urged to resign after using racial slurs, dropping pants in TV show

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday.

Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the n-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened legal action to prevent the network from airing footage of him.

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston calls on State Rep. Jason Spencer to resign after Spencer appeared on a TV show using a racial slur and exposing himself. Spencer said last week he was tricked into appearing on Sacha Baron Cohen's show.— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) July 23, 2018

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In a statement shortly after the episode aired, Ralston said Spencer’s actions and language in the video are “reprehensible,” according to our investigative partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and AJC.com.

“Representative Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately,” said Ralston. “Georgia is better than this.”

Other Republican leaders also swiftly condemned Spencer. Secretary of State Brian Kemp removed the lawmaker from his list of endorsements ahead of Tuesday’s GOP runoff for governor and urged him to apologize.

Gov. Nathan Deal called his language “appalling and offensive.”

“There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever,” said Deal, “and I am saddened and disgusted by it.” Although Spencer was defeated in the Republican primary in May, he remains a state legislator until the new class of lawmakers takes office after the November election. 

 

The actions and language used by Jason Spencer are appalling and offensive. There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it.— Governor Nathan Deal (@GovernorDeal) July 23, 2018

 

Cohen, who played an Israeli military expert, persuaded Spencer to take part in what he was told was a counterterrorism video. Cohen gets him to yell racial epithets and shimmy his exposed rear-end toward purported attackers screaming “USA” and “America” by saying it will ward off terrorists.

In the show’s closing minutes, Spencer returns to the screen with a “message to the terrorists.”  He then repeats a racial slur, this time threatening to cut off an attacker’s genitals. Then it shows him stabbing a knife into the groin area of a dummy clad in a black hijab, and shoving another item in the dummy’s mouth. The segment ends with him reminding the audience he’s an elected official - and a Georgia peach logo.

The New York Times called the segment the “most humiliating yet to air” on Cohen’s show, which last week featured several Republican lawmakers and gun rights supporters backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners to use firearms.

Spencer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that the show’s producers “took advantage of my fears that I would be attacked by someone” to convince him to appear on the program. 

“They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety,” said Spencer, who said he was denied the chance to have final approval over what will air. “This media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.”

Spencer has declined further comment, and could not immediately be reached late Sunday about Ralston’s demand for his resignation. Showtime has denied that Cohen or the show’s producers acted improperly. 

Spencer was defeated by a Republican challenger after four terms representing a conservative southeast Georgia district, where he grabbed headlines that enraged lawmakers from both parties despite having little influence in the Legislature. 

He faced calls for resignation late last year after he warned a black former state legislator that she won’t be “met with torches but something a lot more definitive” if she continued to call for the removal of Confederate statues in South Georgia. 

And Republican leaders roundly criticized his legislative proposal that would bar women from wearing burqas on public property, forcing him to withdraw the legislation.  

This year, he shifted his focus toward a bill that would have allowed adult survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits. The bill didn’t pass amid stiff opposition from the Boy Scouts and some other nonprofit organizations.

As word spread about the footage early Monday, other groups echoed Ralston’s demand for Spencer’s resignation. Among them was the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has long tangled with Spencer. 

Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the director of the group’s Georgia chapter, said “enough is enough.”  “The ignorance and malice behind Islamophobia has led Mr. Spencer to not only pursue bad policy,” he said, “but engage in humiliating and hateful behavior unbecoming of anyone - especially a state legislator.”

This article was written by Greg Bluestein with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution

Mexican-American man recovering from stabbing he says was racially-motivated

Police are investigating a stabbing the victim believes was racially-motivated.

The victim, Humberto Sanchez, 26, needed 25 stitches and told Channel 2's Michael Seiden he believes he is targeted because of his skin color.

The assault happened at a bar in Kennesaw on July 13.

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Sanchez, who works in construction and lives in Marietta, said he had just spent a night out with coworkers when two white men approached him and started making racist comments, asking if him if he had any drugs for sale. 

He said they accused him of being a member of a Mexican drug cartel 

“They were like, 'Yeah, you have it. Can I get some?’ I was like, ‘No. I don’t even know what you're talking about,” he said.

Sanchez said he felt uncomfortable and decided to start walking toward his car, parked at another bar about a mile away. But about five minutes into his walk, Sanchez said a car pulled up from behind him and someone got out.

"That’s when I got hit from the back and I got cut. I didn’t even second guess what was going on. I ran, I ran," he said.

Sanchez ran for his life and immediately called his family who alerted police

He said he believes his attackers are the same men who confronted him outside the bar.

“I just want to get everything over with, hopefully these guys get caught," he said.

An employee at the bar told Seiden racism won't be tolerated and said they handed over surveillance video to police in hopes of identifying the attackers.  

Three shootings in four months has south Atlanta neighbors worried

Neighbors say crime near a local gas station is out of hand after there has been three shootings there in four months.

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating whether the shooting that injured a 6-month-old on New Town Circle was retaliation for the Chevron shooting earlier in the day last Sunday.

“It could happen to anybody! It's tough," said neighbor Jason Timbert.

Timbert and other neighbors are upset about violent crime, saying it's too dangerous to even drive by. 

That’s unbelievable that you’re in the City of Atlanta in 2018 and it feels like it could be the Wild Wild West where you can just be sitting in your car and get shot," said an anonymous neighbor.

The Chevron is located on the corner of Lakewood Avenue and Jonesboro Road.

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The latest shooting happened on July 15 when Atlanta police said there was a fight between two groups and someone shot a friend unintentionally. 

“There was a CSI unit, about four police officers and with about 40 of the yellow cones making shell casings in the surrounding area of the parking lot," Timbert said.

Channel 2 Action News told you back in March that five people were shot in just two days.

Neighbors said children live across the street. They say they have reached out to everyone from local officials to federal officials for help but they say the area just gets worse.

“It’s disheartening. Especially when you keep communicating back to the same officials year over year over year, but the problem still persists," Timbert said.

Since last July, police counted 300 patrols and 400 drop-ins at the gas station. 

Investigators admit they’re looking for better ways to prevent crime in the area.   

Three shootings in four months has south Atlanta neighbors worried

Neighbors say crime near a local gas station is out of hand after there has been three shootings there in four months.

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating whether the shooting that injured a 6-month-old on New Town Circle was retaliation for the Chevron shooting earlier in the day last Sunday.

“It could happen to anybody! It's tough," said neighbor Jason Timbert.

Timbert and other neighbors are upset about violent crime, saying it's too dangerous to even drive by. 

That’s unbelievable that you’re in the City of Atlanta in 2018 and it feels like it could be the Wild Wild West where you can just be sitting in your car and get shot," said an anonymous neighbor.

The Chevron is located on the corner of Lakewood Avenue and Jonesboro Road.

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Man accused of groping woman at Roswell park turns himself in Man found malnourished, children unsupervised in southwest Atlanta home, police say Boaters' window shot out while cruising on Lake Lanier

The latest shooting happened on July 15 when Atlanta police said there was a fight between two groups and someone shot a friend unintentionally. 

“There was a CSI unit, about four police officers and with about 40 of the yellow cones making shell casings in the surrounding area of the parking lot," Timbert said.

Channel 2 Action News told you back in March that five people were shot in just two days.

Neighbors said children live across the street. They say they have reached out to everyone from local officials to federal officials for help but they say the area just gets worse.

“It’s disheartening. Especially when you keep communicating back to the same officials year over year over year, but the problem still persists," Timbert said.

Since last July, police counted 300 patrols and 400 drop-ins at the gas station. 

Investigators admit they’re looking for better ways to prevent crime in the area.   

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