Fallen trees, outages amid heavy downpour in metro area

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A massive cleanup project on Moores Mill Road in Buckhead is under way after a huge tree came crashing down Monday morning

ATLANTA - Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking showers in the forecast for the next few days.

Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist David Chandley said between one to two inches of rain has fallen since Sunday night, with up to two more inches possible on Monday.

Meanwhile, crews worked to clear trees that fell amid the heavy rainfall. In Buckhead, a fallen tree on Moores Mill Road knocked out power to the area. No one was hurt, but the tree took down a power pole and several lines along with it. The road was blocked between West Wesley and Peachtree Battle roads while repairs took place.

Chandley said to expect minor flooding in the usual spots, including many roads. He said the latest forecast shows wet weather through Thursday.

Monday morning, three vehicles overturned on Interstate 285 north near Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway around 2:30 a.m. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, a passenger vehicle, a dump truck full of sand and a truck full of sewage were involved.

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Crews cleaned up the crash with shovels and buckets and lanes reopened around 5:15 a.m. It is not known if anyone was injured in the crash.

Rain could also be to blame for a crash on I-285 south at South Cobb Drive Sunday night.

Two wreckers pulled a tractor-trailer out of the ditch. Driver Morris Bility said another driver cut him off.

“I was driving in the right lane. Someone was in the center lane, left lane, trying to get to the exit and I’m headed straight. They just cut off in front of me and slowed down. I stepped on the brakes and I see myself in the ditch,” Bility said.

Bility said he steered toward the ditch and away from other drivers to keep anyone else from crashing.

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The other big concern from the steady downpour is flash flooding in local creeks.

Severe Weather Team 2 is predicting a daytime high Monday will be around 63 before dropping to highs in the upper 50s Tuesday and Wednesday. The chance of rain Monday and Tuesday is 90 percent, before dropping to 40 percent Wednesday.

The nighttime lows will be in the mid 50s Monday, dropping to the mid 40s Tuesday and Wednesday. We'll have the latest forecast beginning on Channel 2 Action News at 4.

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