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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Putnam County until 6:00 p.m. Also a severe thunderstorm warning for Bibb and parts of Peach, Houston and Crawford counties until 6:15.

The NWS radar indicated the storm is capable of producing quarter sized hail and winds up to 65 miles per hour.

If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. 

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

The deadline to become eligible to vote is drawing near. Monday July 2 is the cutoff for people register to vote in July 31 general election, the August 21 election for Bibb County School Board and, of course, the November 6 presidential election.

Bibb County Board of Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr says there are several ways and places to register.

  • At the Board of Elections Office, which is open from 8:30 - 5:30 on Monday.
  • At City Hall
  • Any public library
  • Any state department office, such as the Division of Family and Children Services or DFCS.

You can also register online though the state board elections website. Just fill out the form and bring it to a local Board of Elections Office to become eligible.

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Some people in Central Georgia already follow these tips. Meagan Kusz of Macon said she regularly wears loose-fitting light colored dresses.

"It's really keeping me cool I think anything heavier would be unbearable I really don't feel that horrible right now," said Kusz.

But others we talked to said they have to break certain tips like construction workers, who have to strenuous work outside.

"We work outside putting in gas lines we have to stay in the sun all the time, so just can't avoid it," said Scott Chamberland of Macon.

But Chamberland said he combats heat on the job by drinking plenty of cold water and taking breaks.

However, a few Central Georgians said they just hope that the heat eases up soon.

"I like it in small doses, if we can get some clouds and some wind that would be nice," said Valerie Pollock of Warner Robins.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency has these tips on how to prepare for extreme heat:

Two Warner Robins Businesses Robbed

Two businesses on Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins, were robbed within a matter of hours.

Police are investigating whether they are connected.

The Dollar General at 2451 Watson Blvd. was robbed around 8 a.m. Police say a man threatened a clerk who was opening the store.

He took money from the clerk and ran away.

About nine hours earlier, police responded to an armed robbery call at the Waffle House at 12021 Watson Blvd.

The suspect approached the counter and handed the cashier a note demanding money, brandishing a pistol. The male fled the scene in a silver vehicle with an undisclosed amount of money. 

No injuries were reported.

According to WRPD spokesman Tabitha Pugh, both victims described the
robber as a white male, about 6-feet tall with a heavy build. 

The Waffle House robber covered his face with a cloth; the Dollar General robber did not.

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Macon Ties All-Time Record: 108 Degrees

Saturday's high temperature soared to 108 degrees in Macon. That ties the all-time record high for the city first set on July 13, 1980.

An Excessive Heat Warning is now in effect for eastern portions of Central Georgia through 9 p.m. this evening.  A Heat Advisory is in effect for Monday.

13WMAZ Meteorologist John Boyer forecasts another record-breaking 104 degree high for Macon on Sunday . The record for this date is 103 degrees, set in 1954.

The National Weather Service says the heat index could hit 105 to 110 today.

The weather service described it as "a dangerous heat wave."

The weather service warns you to avoid the heat, take precautions and watch out for pets, children and the elderly.

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

The Supreme Court upheld the health care law today in a splintered, complex opinion that appears to give President Obama a major victory.

What questions remain in your mind regarding the Supreme Court's decision? 

We are working to explore how this affects you. 

Comment below in the Comment Section to share your thoughts.  

Georgia Southern and Staton Co-Owned Company Still At Odds

After more than a year, a company co-owned by state senator Cecil Staton's family and Georgia Southern University still disagree over money.

The university says it sent their $53,000 dispute to a collection agency, but the company's lawyer says they may send it to court.

Staton is majority whip of the Georgia Senate.

He is also president and CEO of a company called Georgia Eagle Media.

One year ago this week, we first reported that Georgia Southern claims the company owes them more than $50,000.