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Thunderstorms descend upon downtown Atlanta, Georgia Tech during rush hour

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As motorists began making their way through rush hour traffic in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday storm clouds were gathering on the horizon, first only a faraway threat and then, suddenly, they were dark and rolling in fast on the horizon. The Fox 5 Storm Team had reported earlier on June 10 that a storm front moving from Alabama to Georgia could bring gusty winds and periods of heavy rain to some parts of their viewing area.

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A severe thunderstorm watch will remain in effect until 11 p.m., but those sitting in downtown Atlanta by 7:30 p.m. learned that the heavy rains and gusty winds dissipated almost as fast and ferociously as they arrived, especially if you are on one of the higher floors in the Westin Peachtree Plaza, where floor-to-ceiling windows afford a view of downtown and far beyond.

Weather.com is predicting an 80 percent chance of more rain by tonight for the metro and surrounding areas, with thunderstorms predicted for 9 p.m. and isolated thunderstorms by 10 p.m.

But as the Atlanta Top News Examiner can attest from her luxurious perch today at the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, the sun appears to be making an effort at a last stand through clouds that appear to be waning. And the only real threat for Atlanta drivers at this point in time is the slower-than-normal traffic flow on I-75, near Georgia Tech, which, incidentally, just announced on Tuesday that they had received a $436 million dollar donation for their Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI).

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