4 tornadoes touched down in metro Atlanta

The storm bent metal doors and a roof in Cobb County.


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After the National Weather Service surveyed the damage from a storm system that killed six people across the Southeast on Wednesday, it confirmed that four tornadoes touched down in metro Atlanta.

Those were in Cobb County, in Atlanta near Buckhead, in north Fulton/south Forsyth, and in Commerce, Channel 2 Action News meteorologists said Thursday.

An EF1 tornado was confirmed in Cobb County. It was 0.75 miles long and 100 yards wide with maximum winds of 100 mph. It touched down along Delta Court and crossed Six Flags Parkway, Mableton Parkway and Discovery Boulevard. The twister stayed within Cobb.

The Buckhead tornado was confirmed as an EF1, but details have not been released.

An EF0 tornado with 80 mph winds touched down in Alpharetta near Windward Parkway and the Big Creek area.

The Commerce tornado was an EF1 with 90 mph winds. It was 100 yards wide with a path of 2.8 miles.

RELATED: More from Cobb tornado 

Cleanup efforts took place Thursday, and new damage and downed trees were still being reported.

A truck driver was slightly injured when a tree fell on his truck Thursday on Sells Avenue and Lawton Street in Atlanta. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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A truck driver was slightly injured when a tree fell on his truck Thursday on Sells Avenue and Lawton Street in Atlanta. He was rescued after being trapped.

NWS told Channel 2 it believes the Cobb tornado started in Mableton near a recycling facility on Lee Industrial Boulevard, then proceeded northward.

Metal from the recycling center’s roof was still wrapped around utility poles Thursday near the intersection of Mableton Parkway and Discovery Boulevard.

A QuikTrip is closed off Mableton Parkway after a piece of roofing fell into the roadway.


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Homeowners worked to repair damage that about 20 downed trees caused in Marietta.

A house on Branchview Drive in Marietta sustained major damage Wednesday. (Credit: Jennifer Schwenker)

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More than 50 counties, including Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett, were placed under tornado watches and warnings Wednesday afternoon.

The stormy weather moved out of metro Atlanta by Thursday.

Temperatures were 44 degrees in Atlanta, 33 in Blairsville and 36 in Griffin just after 10 p.m.

"The winds will be much lighter after the sun sets," Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

RELATED: Scary moments as metro area dodges significant storm damage

While no weather-related fatalities were reported in Georgia, three were killed in a suspected tornado in a mobile home in Rosalie in northeast Alabama, Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harmen told The Associated Press. Another person in the home was critically injured, and three people were killed in Tennessee.

A coastal-based Georgia firefighter and his wife were two of the people killed Wednesday in Ocoee, Tenn. Mark Faulk was an active member with the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department at the time of his death, according to the city’s Facebook page.

RELATED: Ga. firefighter, wife die in Tennessee tornado

At least 13 twisters damaged homes and barns and uprooted trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

— Staff photographer John Spink contributed to this article.