Strong storms leave damage, knock out power in metro Atlanta

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This large tree uprooted taking some pavement with it.  It ultimately landed across Moores Mill Road where it knocked traffic lights to the ground. 

Weekend storms left a lot of damage throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

The storms brought hail and high winds to parts of the region. Several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued during the worst of the weather. According to Georgia Power, thousands of people lost power as the storms blew through.  As many as 6,000 were without power Sunday afternoon. 

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Pea-sized hail was reported in parts of metro Atlanta, including Sandy Springs. Tree limbs came down across the area. Firefighters responded to a number of reports of trees or limbs crashing down onto houses. One home on Johnson Road in Atlanta was badly damaged when a large tree fell into it.

On Muse Street one massive tree crushed three homes.

“The ceiling in my bedroom, half of it is down and the living room has two holes from the trees and water everywhere,” said Margret Boykins who has lived in the Southwest Atlanta home since 1969.

On nearby Avon Avenue a tree fell on the house Tyler Perry used to shoot his Medea movies.

The storms also knocked down a tree and power lines in Northwest Atlanta on Ezra Church Road. 

Reginald Brooks was driving with his fiancée when he came across the downed power lines.  Brooks said he called Atlanta Police and waited for more than an hour for crews to arrive.

“We caught ourselves trying to somewhat block the street off to stop any motorists that were in route traveling eastbound on Ezra Church so that they would not run directly into these live power lines as well as this tree in the road,” said Brooks. 

It was the same story in Northwest Atlanta where Georgia Power crews spent hours rigging new lines along West Wesley Road after mature trees toppled them over.

One tree took down not only power lines but traffic lights as well.  That tree fell between two cars on Moores Mill Road, damaging one of them.

A few houses down, workers secured tarps over the Allen family's home after removing a large tree that fell on it Saturday evening.

"I didn't have time to be scared," said Prudence Allen Bentley.  "It was just loud."

In Alpharetta, a falling tree limb landed on a car, trapping a woman and her granddaughter inside. Rescuers were able to free them. No one was hurt.


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