Morning Rush: Dec. 29, 2015

Good Morning!

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 29th, the 363rd day of 2015. There are 2 days left in the year.

Here’s today’s highlight in history:

British capture Savannah, Georgia- 1778

Dec. 29, 1778: British Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell and his force of between 2500 and 3600 troops, which included the 71st Highland regiment, New York Loyalists, and Hessian mercenaries, launch a surprise attack on American forces defending Savannah, Georgia.
American Major General Robert Howe and his paltry force of between 650 and 900 men were severely outnumbered.
The Patriots lost 83 men and another 483 were captured, while the British lost only 3 men and another 10 were wounded.

Here are your Morning Rush Headlines:

Due to the heavy rains being dumped the past week, the Riverwalk is still underwater, and according to Georgia Power, it will remain so until the weather cooperates.

Robert watkins of Georgia Power says the recent rains caused a rise in water in the Chattahoochee Basin and
caused Lake Lanier and Westpoint Lake to open flood gates. Thirteen flood gates were opened at Lake Oliver.

Watkins says if rains continue to flow as predicted, more gates may be opened.

Officials say if a major flooding event were to happen, people should be prepared with flood insurance, food and water for seven days.

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A grand jury in Cleveland has declined to indict a white police officer in the killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who was shot while playing with what turned out to be a pellet gun.

In explaining the decision, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty said it was “indisputable” that the boy was drawing the pistol from his waistband when he was gunned down. McGinty said Tamir was trying to either hand the weapon over to police or show them it wasn’t real, but the officer and his partner had no way of knowing that.

McGinty called it a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications by all involved that day.”

Tamir’s family condemned the decision but echoed the prosecutor in urging those who are disappointed to express themselves “peacefully and democratically.”

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The White House says President Obama has called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to get an update on the severe weather there and to offer federal support for recovery efforts.

At least 11 people died and dozens were hurt in the tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area on Saturday and caused substantial damage.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz says Obama offered condolences for those who lost their lives and for those who lost their homes in the tornadoes.

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Here’s Carmen’s News 3 First Alert Forecast:

We’ll see a less active pattern today as the front stalls over our region.
There is still a chance of a few, light showers but nothing to the extent of what we saw yesterday.
Showers then ramp back up overnight with a few possible thunderstorms throughout Wednesday.
A cold front will then move through late Thursday/Friday, bringing cool, dry and sunny conditions behind it – just in time for the New Year.

TODAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain.  High: 70

TOMORROW: Cloudy, showers and possible thunderstorm likely.  High: 71

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Mostly cloudy, chance showers early.  Low: 56  High: 62

Have a great day!

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