Tornado warnings were issued for some counties as the storms came through, including in Gwinnett and Henry. Severe thunderstorm warnings also were issued during the day. Metro Atlanta managed to avoid the brunt of the destructive system.
However, on Sunday evening a severe thunderstorm watch went into effect until 10 p.m. for part of North Georgia and metro Atlanta.
Counties under the watch include Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Pickens, Towns, Union and White.
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In the first wave of storms earlier in the day, in Cherokee County, authorities said a tree came down across the roadway at Golf Course Road in Canton. In Gwinnett County, the fire department said there were at least four reports of trees bringing down power lines and three reports of downed trees blocking roadways.
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The storms also pushed up the start time of the Masters, which saw brief delays on Friday during short showers.
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The good news is that the wet weather was expected to help clear out some of this pollen.
The pollen count dropped from 6,575 on Saturday, which was in the “extremely high” range, to 1,075 on Sunday.
A strong cold front should clear North Georgia by late Sunday, leaving the air behind it cooler and drier. Monday morning lows are expected to be chilly in the 40s and highs will only reach the 60s.
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