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.
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says a storm that hit Georgia June 13 caused an estimated $50 million in insured losses. Hudgens said Monday that the figure could rise once all the claims associated with the storm are settled. The storm caused two EF1 tornadoes in Cherokee and Cobb counties and knocked out power to thousands.
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.
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.
Forecasters say strong to severe thunderstorms are expected Thursday afternoon into Friday morning across Georgia. The National Weather Service said the storms are expected mainly in the form of a squall line with damaging winds.
Thousands of Georgians were without power in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday after rain, hail and heavy winds buffeted parts of Georgia. Trees and power lines were down throughout areas of northwest Georgia.
Violent storms raked the Southeast Wednesday, leaving two dead, including a Georgia man. In Adairsville, a massive storm front that tore across several states left a wake a destruction, unleashing tornadoes and dangerous winds that flipped cars and destroyed homes and businesses.
Authorities say the storm that has slammed a Georgia town has killed at least one person there. The massive storm system also has been blamed for the death of a man in Tennessee. He had been taking shelter in a shed when a tree toppled onto it, killing him.