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More storms eye Metro Atlanta
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More storms eye Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Another band of showers and storms will likely move into Metro Atlanta Thursday evening.  Showers and storms will become more widely scattered than Wednesday's storms, but a few storms will still be capable of packing a wallop with locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds, hail, and frequent lightning.

The forecast is calling for a general risk for a strong thunderstorm or two across northern and central Georgia.  However the Storm Prediction Center has placed a small portion of eastern Georgia in a slight risk zone for severe storms.

Forecast models indicate the possibility for new rainfall totals ranging from 1/4" to 3/4" rainfall and isolated spots receiving over 2 inches by Friday morning.

Storms passing over the region Wednesday evening snarled traffic, uprooted trees and sparking several house fires.

  • Reports indicated that at least part of the roof at Douglas County High School was peeled away by heavy winds.
  • A tree reportedly fell on a car near the intersection of Memorial Drive and Highway 78 in DeKalb County.
  • The Concord Baptist Church on Floyd Road in Mableton was reportedly struck by lightning and subsequently caught fire.
  • A tree was reportedly down on a house four miles west of Woodstock, the National Weather Service said.  No injuries were reported.
  • A tree reportedly fell into the living room of a house in Lawrenceville. Four people inside the house escaped unharmed, but Gwinnett County firefighters said the house was rendered uninhabitable.
  • A home on Continental Drive in Lawrenceville was reportedly struck by lightning and caught fire. One person was in the house at the time and escaped uninjured. Two small pets inside the home did not survive.

The storms knocked out power to as many as 48,000 Georgia Power customers across Metro Atlanta, the utility said on Twitter. As of 4 a.m. Thursday, about 2,600 Atlanta-area customers were still without electricity.

 

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