A Smyrna church was struck by lightning Monday night as heavy storms dumped torrential rain on parts of metro Atlanta, and forecasters said some areas could see more thunderstorms Tuesday.
The lightning bolt left a large hole in the steeple of Welcome All Baptist Church on Borne Avenue in Smyrna, Channel 2 Action News reported. Firefighters quickly doused the fire before it spread beyond the steeple.
Rainfall totals from Monday’s storms included .73 inch in Marietta and .47 inch in Mableton and in Peachtree City.
Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said there’s a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs in the mid-80s and lows near 70.
An economy that sent more people to the workforce instead of the classroom, tougher requirements for financial aid, and a higher bar for admissions are among the factors that contributed to a drop in enrollment at the state’s public colleges and universities for the second year in a row.