Georgia Power said crews are working to restore service to more than 600 customers in metro Atlanta after storms downed trees and power lines. The utility reported early Thursday that most of the customers were on the northern and northeastern parts of metro Atlanta.
A flash flood watch remains in effect through Friday evening for parts of north Georgia and west central Georgia. Forecaster said before dawn Friday that additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches appears likely through this evening, with locally higher amounts possible. Forecasters have extended a flood warning for metro Atlanta through Saturday morning as rain continues to elevate river and stream levels.
National Weather Service officials confirmed Friday a tornado touched down in Cherokee County during severe thunderstorms Thursday evening. Georgia Power officials say crews are still working to restore power to about 44,000 customers this afternoon. Most of those customers are in metro Atlanta.
Forecasters are predicting severe storms for much of Georgia. The storms are expected to fire up ahead of a cold front that will enter far north Georgia early Thursday afternoon and push southeast across most of the state.
Fog blanketed much of Georgia in the wake of storms that washed out roads in the northeast part of the state and led to rising streams and rivers. Forecasters said a dense fog advisory was in effect through 10 a.m. Monday in north and central Georgia. It covered all of metro Atlanta and several Georgia cities including Athens, Blairsville, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon and Rome.
More than two-dozen counties in north Georgia are under a flood watch as storms approach the state. Forecasters say rainfall amounts of 2.5 to 3.5 inches of rain will be possible in the region, with isolated areas receiving even higher amounts.
Residents were cleaning up after Sunday thunderstorms dropped large hail and toppled trees, damaging cars and homes in several Georgia counties. Hail around the size of quarters was reported in several parts of Georgia. No death or series injuries were reported.