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Georgia Storms kill 14, injure at least 23 as threat continues

Fourteen people are dead and at least 23 injured after strong storms moved through Georgia Saturday night, into Sunday morning. 

State emergency management officials confirm eight of the deaths are in Cook County.

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Officials with the Brooks County Sheriff's Office confirmed two deaths to Channel 2 Action News.

Both people were in the same home in Barney that was displaced into Highway 122.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office also confirmed at least two people died during the storm. Information is limited at this time. 

At least three more injuries were confirmed in Thomas County.

The Sheriff's Office said a mobile home at Airline and Centennial roads was destroyed with a man inside.

Heavy rain began to fall in the southern counties around midnight and continued overnight in metro Atlanta.

Instability is increasing right now across the state as a powerful 3rd and final wave approaches... PLEASE be weather aware today @wsbtv— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) January 22, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said it's quiet now across north Georgia, but Round 3 of heavy rain and potentially strong, severe storms is just hours away.

"Expect a line, cluster of storms to be moving into our western counties by early this afternoon, focusing on mid to late afternoon, for the greatest impact most areas," Monahan said.

Heavy rain and winds of 40-60 mph are possible, along with large hail and isolated tornadoes.

A flash flood watch has been issued for all of north Georgia through Sunday night.

Snow on ground in 49 states, even Hawaii

With the severe winter weather that moved through a large part of the United States over the weekend, 49 of 50 states had snow on the ground, according to maps by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.  

Only Florida remained snow-free, NOAA said. Even the volcanic peaks in Hawaii sported a sprinkling of snow.

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The weekend storms hit a region ranging from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic and into the deep South.

Almost 60 percent of the United States is covered in snow, NOAA said.

But it won’t last long. Warmer weather is moving into the South and Mid-Atlantic regions by mid-week and is expected to melt off any remaining snow and ice.

WATCH: Georgia Tech swim team does laps in snow after meet canceled

Swimmers from Georgia Tech wouldn’t let a little snow stop them from doing what they do best.

The swim team’s meet Saturday at Virginia Tech was canceled due to snow, so the swimmers were stuck at their hotel.

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Members of a relay team decided to go through with their event – but in the snow.  

The video was shared on the Georgia Tech Facebook page. 

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How – and when – to protect your pipes from freezing

When temperatures fall below freezing, water pipes are also at risk of freezing and bursting. They can release several hundred gallons of water per hour, resulting in a big – potentially costly – mess in your home.

What causes pipes to burst?

Pipes burst because of the pressure that's exerted when water freezes. It can exceed 2,000 pounds per square inch, so it's no match for metal or plastic pipes, which will burst under this extreme pressure.

Ice particles can also cause problems in your pipes by blocking valves or other areas.

What should you do to protect your pipes?

When temperatures are expected to drop to about 20 degrees, you should take the following steps to keep your pipes from bursting:

  • Leave water dripping or trickling slowly from your faucets. This helps reduce the buildup of pressure inside your pipes. If the water stops dripping, it could mean that ice has formed and is blocking the pipe, providing a good indication that the situation needs close monitoring.
  • Closely monitor all pipes. This is especially important for those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls and near electrical outlets, because these have the most exposure to cold temperatures.
  • Learn where your water shutoff valve is located. That way, you'll be able to shut it off in case your pipes burst. If your home is built on a slab, your shutoff valve is probably near your hot water tank. If you have a basement, you'll probably find your shutoff valve there. And if your home is built on a crawl space, the valve will probably be located there, under the front wall of your house. If all else fails, you can also shut the water off at the city water line's covered box near the front of your home.
  • Open cabinets beneath sinks. This is especially helpful if the sink is on an outside wall, because this helps keep the pipes underneath it warmer.
  • Use an insulating dome or similar covering. This can cover and protect outdoor spigots.
  • Check the areas around pipes and hoses that come into your home. Look for signs of daylight or outside air that's getting into your home. Block the holes with insulating foam or caulk.
  • Wrap your pipes. Look for thick foam or fiberglass insulating sleeves, UL-listed heat tape or other insulating products at a home improvement store. Wrap your pipes tightly and secure with acrylic or duct tape, cable ties, or aluminum foil tape or wire every foot or so to make sure it stays secure. Wrapping your pipes isn't expensive, and it can save a great deal of money and aggravation.