Heavy rain rolls through metro Atlanta

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ATLANTA —

Heavy rain rolled through metro Atlanta on Monday afternoon.

Showers came through from Hall County to the northeast, and Coweta County to the southwest around noon. The front wasn’t bringing much lightning, but there is a possibility of strong winds.

Lightning did strike a shopping center in Marietta. Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt went to the Town and Country Shopping Center on Roswell Street, where firefighters were in the area. Shoppers said they heard a loud noise and saw flames on top of a building during the storm.

Gwinnett County residents said a serious storm cell is to blame for a crash in Lawrenceville that left a city worker and another driver hospitalized.

"It was raining pretty good, just picked up out of nowhere," witness Angela Sheridan told Channel 2's Tom Jones.

A tree limb fell on the cab of a city truck as the city worker drove down Stone Mountain Street. The impact left the driver semi-conscious. His truck then traveled another 550 feet and hit a brown truck, which was involved in a minor accident with another driver.

Farther north, heavy rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph were threatening the area.

“If you’re in Putnam County, Morgan County and Greene County, here comes a possible damaging thunderstorm your way,” Channel 2 meteorologist David Chandley warned.

All three of those counties were placed under a severe thunderstorm warning, which expired at 4:45 p.m.

The rain should die down later in the day, according to Severe Weather Team 2.

Temperatures were in the high-60s Monday, but were expected to drop down to the high-50s during the evening. Tuesday’s forecast shows partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-50s.

Severe Weather Team 2 will be tracking showers throughout the day, and meteorologist David Chandley will have an update on the forecast on Channel 2 Action News.

For continuous weather updates on the Severe Weather Team 2 iPad App, search “WSBTV” in the iTunes App Store or click here. The free app features a detailed 5-day forecast, daily live streaming of Channel 2 Action News, interactive social technology and more.

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