ATLANTA - Cleanup efforts are underway after Thursday's storms brought heavy rain and strong winds, causing power outages and damage all across north Georgia.
Residents started reporting damage early Thursday morning when a unique weather event called a "wake low" began in Floyd County and continued northeast toward the North Georgia Mountains. Additional “wake lows” developed throughout the day, bringing down trees with wind gusts exceeding 40 mph.
Then, Thursday evening, heavy rain and strong storms caused more damage throughout the metro Atlanta area.
In Fannin County, power outages caused officials to cancel school Friday after storms ripped through Blue Ridge while students were in class.
Minor damage to Fannin County schools. Superintendent says high winds caused power outages to all but one school. Kids sheltered in place. pic.twitter.com/t0WuPnxPyC— Doug Evans (@dougevansfox5) May 4, 2017
A funnel cloud was spotted near the scene of some damage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
FOX 5 Storm Team's Joanne Feldman says winds will not be as much of an issue Friday as they were Thursday, but it will still be breezy at times.
Winds should average 15 mph with some higher gusts through the afternoon.
Skies will be slow to clear overnight, but we'll expect sunshine and milder temperatures for Saturday. One more wave of showers or thundershowers will move in from the north for a few hours Saturday evening - roughly from 6pm to midnight.