SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Events clog downtown Atlanta as sunny holiday weekend begins

As Florida braces for Hurricane Dorian, Atlanta is preparing for a busy and crowded weekend full of tens of thousands of costumed comic fans, African-American LGBTQ supporters and college football attendees.

Labor Day weekend is expected to be warm, sunny and bone dry for North Georgia, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. He’s predicting a “spectacular” long weekend in Atlanta, with low humidity to boot.

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That’s great news for those planning to cosplay Saturday as Dragon Con continues downtown. The convention’s parade will shut down Peachtree Street between International Boulevard and North Avenue at 10 a.m., so those not planning on attending should avoid the area.

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The WSB 24-hour Traffic Center also advises motorists to be cautious of extra pedestrians, many of whom will be in costume.

Atlanta Black Pride Weekend is also expected to bring 10,000 people to the city, adding more foot traffic and congestion near downtown.

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For those lamenting the lack of college football over the summer, Saturday should scratch that itch. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Alabama and Duke begins at 3:30 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Like the other events, this will congest MARTA and downtown surface streets.

Atlanta is expected to hit 90 degrees Saturday afternoon, and with no rain in the forecast, it’ll be a great day outdoors, Channel 2 reported.

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Next week’s weather all hinges on one big factor: Hurricane Dorian’s path.

The storm’s latest trajectory shows it could miss Florida entirely, hugging the East Cost before making landfall in South Carolina midweek, Channel 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls said.

While that’s good news, people living along the Atlantic Coast in Florida and Georgia could still see damage as the storm moves north.

As of 10 a.m., the storm’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 145 mph, with gusts up to 165 mph.

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