Car split in two, trees topple; Saturday storms knock lights out for some Georgians

Customers scattered across Georgia are reporting power outages as severe weather rolls into the state.

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Of the nearly five million homes in the Peach State being serviced by power companies, just over 35,000 of them were in the dark as of 6:15 p.m. Saturday.


The vast majority of people affected were Georgia Power customers in the metro Atlanta area, and slightly southeast of the perimeter.

Fallen trees caused significant damage in Decatur.

Rapid Emergency Road Assistance was called to Tiffany Drive where several trees were snapped like pencils.

One uprooted tree split a car. Another crushed the roof of a home.

"My son literally just got back from New York, and we're sitting under the carport because it's raining," resident Lemuel Collins told FOX 5. "And the next thing you know, the sky opens up and this tree, as you see, this massive tree right here just falls in slow motion and turned that van into a soda can."

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Fallen trees wreaked havoc on Tiffany Drive in Decatur after Saturday's storms. (Credit; Rapid Emergency Roadside Assistance)

Collins said he was grateful his neighbors weren't in the car, and urged people to take severe weather alerts and warnings seriously.

"It just gives you an appreciation of nature, but also respect for the power," Collins said. 

This is a developing weather system. Check back for updates and changes to the forecast as they become available.