The main winter storm has now pushed out of Georgia, leaving a parting gift of two more inches of snow Wednesday night from Macon north. Winter storm warnings will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Thursday because of the chance for more light snow wrapping around the back end of the system.
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.
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.
Powerful storms peeled the roof from a store, toppled a tree onto a home and knocked out power to thousands of residents. National Weather Service forecasters said possible tornadoes had been spotted in Tallapoosa and other areas in the region, and crews were planning to survey damage on Friday.
Trees fell on power lines Tuesday morning. Christy Ihrig, spokeswoman for Georgia Power, says 388 customers in the Lithonia area and 250 in Smyrna were without power Tuesday afternoon. Ihrig says crews are working to restore power. Winds gusts of up to 35 mph were reported.