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Rain leads to downed trees, flooded roads

(WXIA) -- The rain that swept through metro Atlanta Sunday caused several problems, including flooding and downed trees.

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In Forsyth County, two roads are blocked Monday morning. Dispatchers said Nicholson Road is flooded at Old Federal Road, and Church Road is shut down near Hopewell Road because of standing water.

A large tree came down on Old Alabama Road at Old Powder Springs Road in south Cobb County. It knocked out electricity to several homes in the Mableton area. Power is expected to be completely restored later Monday morning.

Another tree fell in a front yard on Eureka Drive in Buckhead, clipping two cars and taking down a power line. Georgia Power crews are performing a workaround fix to restore power to houses in the area.

Forsyth County man dies after being hit by van

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A 61-year-old Cumming man was hit by a van and killed over the weekend.

Johnie Baker was struck Saturday morning on Canton Highway near the Cherokee County line.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Sgt. Phil Alexander said Baker stepped in front of the Ford E-250. The driver stopped and tried to help, but Baker was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is under investigation. Alexander said police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

A holiday gift from GDOT: No construction until Jan.

A holiday gift from GDOT: No construction until Jan.

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended road construction through the beginning of 2014.

GDOT announced Thursday that construction will stop at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and resume at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Although there will be no crews on major highways, drivers should still expect heavy delays near malls and popular shopping centers as Christmas approaches.

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

Ga. 400 roadwork continues, most other highways clear

Ga. 400 roadwork continues, most other highways clear

ATLANTA -- Crews will continue working on the Georgia 400/Interstate 85 interchange in Atlanta this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said one lane in each direction will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily on Ga. 400 between I-85 and Peachtree Road. Drivers will also see delays on Cheshire Bridge Road, Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Buford-Spring Connector.

But it all depends on the weather.

"With some rain expected on Saturday, I'm not sure how much (contractors) will be able to accomplish," Pringle said in a statement.

Sweeping, bridge and utility work, and drain cleaning will occur on I-20, I-75, I-85, I-285 and I-575 throughout the weekend. All projects will be completed overnight and will result in occasional closures.

Visit dot.ga.gov for a full list of road projects in your area.

Woman claiming to sell Bibles tries to rob homeowner

CUMMING, Ga. -- Forsyth County deputies are looking for a woman claiming to sell Bibles, who tried to rob a homeowner.

According to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a woman knocked on a door on Tamiami Trail Tuesday afternoon and said she was selling children's Bibles.

That's when she and several men wearing dark "hoddies" and masks forced their way into the home and tried to rob the homeowner.

Rainwater says the suspects were armed.  Police are looking for the woman in the sketch above as well as a late model Toyota Camery white or pearl in color.

Anyone with information should call the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department at (770) 781-3087.

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Kohl's stores open round the clock from 12/20 to Christmas Eve

(WXIA) -- Kohl's Department Stores announced Thursday that the for the first time, the chain's stores will stay open for more than 100 hours straight, from Friday, Dec. 20 through Christmas Eve.

"The holiday season is an eventful time for families, and Kohl's is making it easy for shoppers to wrap up their last- minute gift giving with 24-hour access to Kohl's stores right up to Christmas Eve," said Michelle Gass, Kohl's chief customer officer. "Not only does Kohl's have the hottest gifts at incredible prices, now shoppers will have the added benefit of being able to check off their lists, day or night, whenever it is most convenient for them."

The company's stores plan to open at 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and remain open non-stop through 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Kohl's has 27 stores in metro Atlanta.