WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Storm damage blocks several surface streets; crashes stifle interstates

The last wave of storms and heavy rain has moved out of Atlanta and is making its way into northeast Georgia, capping off a Friday filled with driving rain, thunderstorms and flooding.


This line of storms brings 30- to 40-mph winds and heavy rain with it, but none of the storms are expected to be severe — unlike Friday morning.

“Showers will be more scattered,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said of the afternoon. “A cold front is going to come through. Yes, we could have the potential for some thunderstorms, but at least we won’t be dealing with as many locations impacted.”

Because of the rain, traffic problems persist ahead of the evening commute, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported

A tree is down on the Downtown Connector near University Avenue, blocking multiple southbound lanes, according to the Traffic Center.

A crash in DeKalb County is blocking two left lanes of I-20 East near Wesley Chapel Road, which is causing heavy delays back to I-285, the Traffic Center reported.

Two left lanes of Ga. 400 North near Northridge Road are also blocked by a crash, slowing down north Fulton traffic, according to the Traffic Center.

In Roswell, Magnolia Street is shut down between Coleman Road and Mimosa Boulevard because of a downed tree, the city said in a tweet.


Also in Roswell, a power pole snapped on Shallowford Road between Shagbark Trail and Jones Road, shutting down the road, the Traffic Center reported. Azalea Drive between Atlanta Street and Willeo Road is also closed. 

Power crews work to repair downed lines on Old Alabama Road in Johns Creek. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

In Gwinnett County, a right turn lane on northbound Scenic Highway at Henry Clower Boulevard in Snellville is blocked after part of the road washed away with the heavy rain.

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The storms also topped trees and power poles in north Fulton County. Old Alabama Road and Buice Road remains closed in Johns Creek after trees and several power poles fell across the intersection, police said.

In Sandy Springs, Windsor Parkway Bridge is closed because of flooding, according to authorities. The road is shut down east of Northland Drive to Peachtree Dunwoody Road, police said.

In Brookhaven, Wawona Drive is blocked due to a large sinkhole, police said, and wires down at Hampton Hall Drive and Hallcrest Road has closed that area.

In Tucker, multiple power poles are down on Brockett Road between Lawrenceville Highway and LaVista Road, causing outages. Authorities are encouraging motorists to avoid the area.

And in Milton, Lively Road off Longstreet Road is closed until further notice, the city said.

Friday morning saw four tornado warnings in North Georgia, including one for Gwinnett, Fulton and Forsyth counties. A tornado watch remains in effect for Elbert and Hart counties in east Georgia until 5 p.m. 

LIVE UPDATES: Tornado watch issued for east Georgia as heavy rain winds down in metro Atlanta


There were no reports of confirmed tornadoes, but storm damage has been reported across the region. 

In addition to the road closures, a large pine tree fell on the Columns at Peachtree Corners apartment complex on Concepts 21 Drive during the storms. Part of the tree fell in the parking lot, and limbs broke through one apartment. While the apartment was occupied at the time, no one was seriously injured, according to Gwinnett fire officials. 

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Temps reached the 60s by 4 p.m., but once the cold front sweeps through, North Georgia will feel the chill, Walls said.

Saturday morning, temps are expected to start in the 40s as a few wraparound showers remain. The projected high for the afternoon is just 59 degrees.

Things are looking up for Easter Sunday, however. It should be sunny and dry with highs in the mid-70s, according to the latest forecast.

MORE: Chilly for sunrise services, but nice in time for egg hunts

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