Storms take down trees, power lines


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Storms took down trees and power lines across metro Atlanta on Monday, and clean up efforts continued into the next day.

The area was under a tornado watch but was only hit by heavy rain and damaging winds.

By the next morning, crews were still repairing damage left in the aftermath. By 10 a.m., Georgia Power officials said there were 2,000 customers statewide with power outages, 1,700 of whom were in metro Atlanta.

Hundreds of students were forced out of class at E.L. Miller Elementary School after a downed tree took out power lines on North Redan Circle in Stone Mountain.

“They've been standing outside since 7:30. We was like, ‘Whoa, are they going to have classes today?’” parent Quanita Wilson told Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman.

About 500 students and 40 faculty members were bused to a nearby high school.

A flood warning was issued for Suwanee Creek in Gwinnett County through Wednesdsay afternoon. News Chopper 2 flew over the creek, which had submerged part of Martin Farm Road. The creek had reportedly risen 10 feet and hasn’t stopped.

Despite early light showers, residents are in the clear as far as severe weather goes through the week.

“There might be a little stray shower here or there, but overall, it’s a dryer weather pattern for us over the next few days,” Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.