Severe weather is expected to continue across the state Tuesday and into Wednesday. Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in preparation for severe thunderstorms across Georgia. Portions of Georgia could see as much as five inches of rain before things start to dry out Thursday. Georgia's Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ken Davis says to watch the forecast and beware flooded roads.
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.