Memorial Day storms to give way to cooler, calmer weather Tuesday

Monday’s storms caused over 25,000 to lose power and delayed flights at Hartsfield-Jackson
Severe weather was affecting metro Atlanta and North Georgia on Monday morning, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Severe weather was affecting metro Atlanta and North Georgia on Monday morning, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)

After strong storms Monday morning that downed trees and power lines in metro Atlanta and North Georgia, Tuesday’s weather is expected to be more sedate and a bit cooler.

A strong line of thunderstorms early Monday morning left more than 25,000 around the state without power by 9 a.m. and even caused a full ground stop for planes at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport. As the sun returned by 4 p.m. Monday, outages persisted for some 8,000 homes.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Ashley Kramlich said the morning storms knocked down trees and power lines primarily in North Georgia. By Monday afternoon, Kramlich said the storms were well south of metro Atlanta and only a few very isolated storms were passing through the area.

“I think our severe weather threat for the main part has come to an end,” Kramlich said during the 4 p.m. newscast.

Kramlich said a cold front coming in late Monday would drop temperatures and decrease the humidity, making it feel more like spring this week.

Sunshine on Tuesday is expected to bring temperatures back up to the mid and upper 80s, with some clouds in the afternoon. For the rest of the week, highs are expected in the 80s, with mid 80s on Wednesday and low 80s on Thursday. There is a small daily chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the week into the weekend.

Memorial Day arrived with booming storms and the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch throughout Middle Georgia into South Carolina. Most of the metro Atlanta counties under the watch were removed by noon. A severe thunderstorm watch for most of south and central Georgia, extending all the way to Charleston, South Carolina was not going to be lifted until 10 p.m. Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop on all flights for about two hours Monday morning after severe thunderstorm warnings were issued throughout the area. The ground stop delayed hundreds of flights as the airport experienced a record number of passengers during Memorial Day weekend.

The FAA later issued a departure delay warning of about 30 minutes for flights. By Monday afternoon, only a handful of flights remained delayed.

Georgia Electric Cooperative reported more than 25,000 customers across the state being affected by power outages in the morning, primarily in north Georgia and metro Atlanta. By 4:30 p.m., about 8,500 homes remained without power.

GreyStone Power Corp. reported at least 4,000 customers without power in Fulton County Monday morning. By 3 p.m., power had been restored to all those customers.

Georgia Power reported early power outages throughout northwest Georgia into metro Atlanta affecting hundreds of customers. Most of those impacted had power restored by Monday afternoon.

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