ATLANTA - The National Weather Service is surveying damage in two areas in metro Atlanta Friday after what appeared to be a rather benign line of showers may have spun up a tornado or two.
FOX 5 viewer Barry Strait snapped a picture late Thursday night just before 9:15 p.m. near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport of what FOX 5 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist David Chandley called a likely tornado. This tornado is associated with reports of damage near the world’s busiest airport in the Hapeville area.
Another look at a likely tornado near the airport earlier tonight. Minor damage is being reported. pic.twitter.com/0UewrT2fED— FOX 5 Storm Team (@FOX5StormTeam) May 5, 2017
Early reports are of damage to cargo buildings and some cars on the ramp. No warnings were issued in relation to that incident.
High winds earlier this evening caused minor damage near the cargo facilities. No injuries and no impact to flight operations.— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) May 5, 2017
About a half hour later, and taking many by surprise, a Tornado Warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the Northlake-Tucker area extending northeast toward Lilburn. No reports of damage have been reported yet in those areas.
Earlier in the day, there were reports of a tornado touchdown in the Savannah area.