A National Weather Service tornado watch for several counties across northwest Georgia, including the metro Atlanta area, expired uneventfully Monday night.
A flood warning, however, was in effect Monday night for areas along Big Creek near Cumming in Forsyth County. Minor flooding was expected in the natural flood plain of the creek, with the stream expected to crest by midnight at 0.1 feet above flood stage, the Weather Service said.
The Monday afternoon storms brought down trees and knocked out power to thousands across the metro Atlanta area.
In Johns Creek, a tree came down in front of Wilson Creek Elementary School, Channel 2 Action News reported. Another tree fell on top of a Toyota Avalon that was parked on Charles Allen Drive and 8th Street in Midtown Atlanta; no one was in the car at the time. And a tree fell on Melvin Lucas’ home in DeKalb County, coming within “four feet of hitting me,” the man told Channel 2.
On I-75 in Cobb County, a tractor-trailer lost control, hit a guardrail and then struck other cars, including James Carson’s vehicle.
“It fish-tailed and slid and it just hit us on the driver’s side,” Carson told Channel 2. Eight people were injured in the multi-vehicle accident.
In Atlanta, a woman lost control of her vehicle on Piedmont Road in Buckhead and slammed into a MARTA bus shelter, narrowly missing a man who was sitting in the shelter. The woman had to be extricated from her car and was taken to a hospital. The man was treated at the scene for cuts from flying glass.
Shortly before 3 p.m., 12,500 customers were without power due to downed trees and power lines, a Georgia Power spokesperson said.
About 11,000 of those outages were in the metro area, including 6,800 in East Atlanta and DeKalb County area and 4,199 south of the city, according to Georgia Power. By 3:30 p.m., the number of outages in metro Atlanta was just over 6,000, the utility said.
About 800 customers still in the dark late Monday night, Channel 2 reported.
Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said there was a chance of showers and storms early Tuesday before skies clear. Wednesday morning’s low will dip into the upper 50s, but Friday’s high is expected to reach 83 degrees.