Powerful storms move through North Georgia Tuesday

- The FOX 5 Storm Team has been warning about a rainier week and Tuesday lived up to that forecast. Powerful storms moved through metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

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The FOX 5 Storm Team has been keeping an eye on the storms as they pass through the area using FOX 5 Live VIPIR and a number of live cameras throughout the broadcast area.

FOX 5 viewer Brandy Peace took photos of flash flooding in Cedartown Tuesday.

The FOX 5 Storm Team said about two inches of rain fell within a very short amount of time Tuesday afternoon with more on the way.

That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Warning for Polk County until 8:15 p.m. Tuesday

These images show the accumulation of that heavy rain over a short period of time.

The FOX 5 Storm Team reminds drivers to not try to drive through flooded roadways.

A FOX 5 viewer shared a video of an SUV submerged at the intersection of West Avenue and Pryor Station Road.

If a driver cannot see the road, it could possibly be washed out underneath.

It also only takes six inches of water to cause a vehicle to lose control or stall.

Remember the rule: Turn around, don’t drown.

A Flash Flood Watch is posted from 8 p.m. Tuesday through 8 p.m. Thursday. Between now and Thursday evening, many parts of north Georgia can expect between two to four inches of rain, with isolated higher amounts.

At Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the storms caused delays up to two hours, but things were mostly back to normal by the end of the evening. 

Georgia Power reported about a little over 6,000 customers in North Georgia were without power, most in the metro Atlanta area. That was between the storms' greatest impact between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

While most of the storms on Tuesday have not turned severe, some did leave behind damage.

That’s the case at a few homes in a subdivision off John Ward Road SW in Cobb County.

Josh Bohannon with Atlanta Arbor Tree Care shared a video of about a half-dozen trees which were snapped in half. Some of the tree halves were dangling in midair, being held up by other trees or vines.

The trees caused some damage to the homes but left a mess of lumber in the residents’ yards.

FOX 5 viewer Jonathan Anderson also got a good look at the storm, but thankfully no damage.

He captured a powerful cloud-to-ground lightning strike from a Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

The powerful burst seemed to hit a tall object in the distance, possibly a water tower.

The flash was so bright it briefly obscured the iris of Anderson’s camera.

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A tree blocked traffic for several hours along Clairmont Road near the cities of Chamblee and Brookhaven in DeKalb County Tuesday.

Emergency crews completely blocked off the roadway near the Century Blvd. intersection for several hours.

Images provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation show a large tree blocking four of the five lanes along Clairmont Road.

Georgia Power crews responded to the scene as well. The downed tree cut close to 2,000 customers in the area off from power for several hours. Residents in the area also reported internet and cable outages.

Firefighters in Gwinnett County were busy on Tuesday as the storms moved through.

Gwinnett County firefighters said 21 people were displaced after lightning struck the roof of a Chelsea 88 Apartments located in the 1300 block of Herrington Road NW in Duluth.

The strike started a fire which damaged 13 units.

All the residents were safely evacuated and there were no reports of injuries.

Firefighters said they did have to rescue one dog from the apartment complex.

About 12 miles southwest of that fire, Gwinnett County firefighters were called to a lightning fire at a home near Doraville.

It happened in the 5900 block of Morgan Road NW.

The fire started in the roof and attic area.

There were no reports of injuries.

RELATED: Gwinnett County firefighters busy with lightning fires


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