Strong storms topple trees, powerlines in metro Atlanta; at least 6 dead in Tenn. because of storms


Though the Gainesville area escaped the brunt of the storms that moved through north Georgia overnight, parts of metro Atlanta were not as lucky.

Atlanta News First reports that the storms, which spawned tornadoes in other parts of the south, toppled trees and powerlines. Cleanup, power restoration continues in Tennessee after officials say six died in severe storms – SRN News As of 8:00 this morning, Georgia Power was reporting 1,700 customers without power, the bulk of them in the Riverdale area.

Meanwhile, the top wind gust in Gainesville, according to data collected at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, was 18 miles-an-hour. That was a little before 5:00 this morning. Rainfall overnight amounted to .90 inches, bringing the total for the past 24 hours, as of 9 a.m., to 1.63 inches.

And there were a few power outages in the Gainesville area, according to Jackson EMC. As of 9:00 a.m., the electric co-op’s outage map shows two outages in Hall and Gwinnett counties and one in Madison County.

But radar shows the rain is rapidly moving out of the area and the rest of the day is expected to be cloudy and windy as a cold front moves in bringing with it temperatures that will dip to or near freezing across north Georgia.