Storms cause power outages for South metro

Approximately 1,580 Georgia power customers were without power at 9 p.m. Monday.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lisa Frederick said the outages, which are weather related, are mostly in Jonesboro, Newnan and Oakland. It is estimated power will be restored to those south metro customers by 11:15 p.m.

At 7 p.m., about 3,500 customers were experiencing outages near Duluth, but power has been restored, Frederick said.

Scattered and isolated thunderstorms moved into metro Atlanta on Monday at about 3 p.m., and Severe Weather Team 2 chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said it could be midnight before the rain lets up.

Interstate 20, east of the downtown connector was experiencing heavy rain and flooding by Monday evening.

A heavy thunderstorm in Macon has now moved eastbound for Augusta, Burns said.

The precipitation won't bring in much cooler temperatures for Tuesday, Burns said. Tuesday's high is expected to be around 90 degrees.

Burns said Tuesday will also experience some Afternoon thunderstorms, with more risks for lightning and gusty winds.

Another WSB-TV meteorologist, Brad Nitz, told the AJC that some areas could receive be 1.15 inches of rainfall on Monday and another 1.25 inches on Tuesday.

A large area of rain and thunderstorms moved into northwest Georgia around mid-morning on Monday. At 10 a.m., the leading edge of the storms stretched from Cedartown northeastward to Dalton.

The greatest hazards from the thunderstorms will be cloud to ground lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds.

It's the kind of weather that lit up the skies Friday, knocking down trees and shutting off power to thousands in metro Atlanta.

The rest of the week could bring afternoon showers, as well, with the prediction at 30 percent Wednesday, 20 percent Thursday and 30 percent Friday.

High temperatures this week will range from the upper 80s on Monday to the low to mid-90s on Wednesday and Thursday.

In the southeast corner of the state, a heat advisory was posted for Monday, when the heat index was expected to range from 105 to 110 degrees.

-- Staff reporters Chelsea Cook, Ty Tagami Raisa Habersham contributed to this report.