Severe storms rumble through metro Atlanta

- Severe storms tore through metro Atlanta Monday afternoon leaving behind downed trees and power lines.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for portions of Cobb, Fulton, and DeKalb counties around 4:45 p.m. Several power storms had already formed and were moving through the area.

The cells dumped heavy rain and hail across the northern portion of metro Atlanta. Several areas reported localized flooding including the Oakhurst and Virginia Highlands neighborhoods.

Video posted to the Decatur Police Department’s Facebook page shows flooding so bad near the West Trinity Place and Atlanta Avenue that the water appeared to be hitting the front bumper of a box truck passing the road.

Several large trees were reported down across the Decatur area including at least one on Sycamore Street, another along Sams Street, and a few near the intersection of South Columbia Drive and Shadowmoor Drive. At least three homes and a car were damaged.

The storms made for an extremely messy commute with longer than normal delays on almost every major roadway.

Thunder claps could be heard booming off of the buildings of Emory University as the lights flickered. Georgia Power reported about 4,000 customers were without power as of 6:30 p.m.

On the campus of Agnes Scott College, a FOX 5 viewer John Wilson shared a picture of a very large oak tree which was toppled during the storm.

Meanwhile, at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, planes were being held at the gate and some flights into Atlanta were delayed to allow for the severe weather to pass. Delays up to an hour and a half were reported.

Elsewhere in North Georgia, at least two homes along Pleasant Hill Church Road NE in Barrow County had major damage after multiple trees crashed down on them. A man in the home was injured, according to emergency officials, but is expected to recover.


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