Crews continue to clean up after strong storms

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ATLANTA - Workers who are clearing storm debris in Cherokee County are in a race to beat the next storm.

The Canton area is dealing with a double weather whammy between Thursday's tornado and Monday's storms.

Channel 2's Sophia Choi traveled all around the Canton on Tuesday, where she found houses with serious tree damage and crews working hard to remove them, which meant some closed roads, including the Canton bypass.

Channel 2 Action News was at a home on Kennett Street on Monday night where a tree fell through the front of a pickup truck and leaned against a home. It hit so straight, that it looked like the tree was growing out of the truck.

Choi was the Tuesday as crews used ropes and chainsaws to remove it. Canton firefighters then deemed the home safe enough for the family to return.

Neighbors fear more storms will mean more damage.

"There's nothing we can do. If these trees are going to go, they're going to go," neighbor Tonya Jones said.

Choi found crews still cleaning up from Thursday's tornado, including a large tree that hit a house owned by the Canton Adventist Church on Scott Mill Road.

A woman who rents the house from the church didn't want to talk on camera, but said she was saved by the grace of God when she ran to the basement just before the tree hit.

Also a problem that people ran into were downed power lines.

A gas station owner told Choi she's had no electricity or deliveries for three days, which meant no customers either.

Along Marietta Street crews noticed a tree teetering and about to fall. Police ended up closing the street, so crews could cut it down.

Shawn Anderson, who lives just across the way from the damaged house on Kennett Street, is part of a crew cleaning up the storm debris.

"If we could cut trees 24/7, I mean there's that many trees on the ground and houses to clean up," Shawn Anderson said.

In southeast Atlanta, the same time a family would usually have been gathered for breakfast in the kitchen, a 100-foot oak tree smashed through their kitchen.

With school out, 9:15 a.m. would have been time for making breakfast and everyone gathered in the kitchen.

Jeanie Davis was home next door when she heard the tree falling her way.

"This terrible crack, almost like lightning," Davis said. "I ran and hoped I was running in the right direction."

The owners of the home were dropping off their children for a vacation with grandparents in Alabama.

"It's heartbreaking because it's your home and lots of grandmother's china and stuff in there, but so glad we weren't home. Cause we've got two little kids who would have been in the kitchen," said homeowner Jessica Helfrecht.

While the tree was standing, nobody could've seen the inside of the tree was rotted out and underneath it was a bunch of mud.

The tree had barely hit the ground when the house was alive with people rushing to help.

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist David Chandley said the rain and thunderstorms will move out throughout the evening Tuesday. He said drier air is expected throughout the Atlanta metro Wednesday and Thursday.



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