Water rescues, heavy flooding reported in parts of metro Atlanta

ATLANTA — Strong storms brought lots rain Tuesday, sparking a flash flood warning for most of metro Atlanta as they moved through metro Atlanta

By Tuesday afternoon, storms were producing heavy flooding on metro Atlanta roadways. Earlier in the day Tuesday, trees fell on several homes in metro Atlanta and a lighting strike sparked a fire at a Henry County home.

Thankfully, there were no injuries reported.

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Here is a MINUTE-BY-MINUTE LOOK at how everything unfolded Tuesday.

4:13 p.m.

Tornado warning for Putnam County has been canceled.

4 p.m.

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Putnam County until 4:30 p.m.

3:33 p.m.

Atlanta fire crews have been called out to at least two water rescues after cars got trapped in standing water.

A Dodge Challenger stalled on Allene Avenue. Atlanta fire crews were able to push the car out of the road. On East Pine Valley Road, a caller said the road was flooded and she was trapped inside her vehicle. Atlanta police were able to assist her with the help of a tow truck.

2:51 p.m.

The severe thunderstorm warning extended until 3:30 p.m. in Lamar County.

2:45 p.m.

A flash flood warning is now in effect for Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton and Gwinnett counties until 8:45 p.m.

2:25 p.m.

A portion of George Busbee Parkway is closed due to flooding.

2:22 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Lamar and Upson counties until 3 p.m.


Posted by Glenn Burns on Tuesday, April 5, 2022

2:11 p.m.

Several roads in Cherokee County are shut down due to flooding.

12:07 p.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Troup and Upson counties until 7 p.m.

12:02 p.m.

Henry County firefighters are responding after lighting struck a home on Eggie Court in McDonough. There are at least four other reports of lighting strikes in the area, but no injuries have been reported.

12 p.m.

Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns said a tornado watch could be issued for parts of our viewing area soon.

Currently the TORNADO WATCHES are to our southwest but STORM PREDICTION CENTER will likely be issuing a WATCH for middle Georgia soon, that could include some of our viewing area.

Posted by Glenn Burns on Tuesday, April 5, 2022

11:44 a.m.

Channel 2′s Tom Regan is at the scene of a tree down on a home in DeKalb County.

Another large tree fell in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood in metro Atlanta, knocking out power to the area.

11:10 a.m.

The patron gates are closed at the Masters tournament due to severe weather.

10:30 a.m.

Storms are now moving into Pike, Lamar and Upson counties.

9:19 a.m.

Storms and heavy rain will continue to move across the area over the next few hours. The severe weather risk will go up over the south side late morning/early afternoon.

8:30 a.m.

The tornado watch has been extended to the Georgia/Alabama line.

8:17 a.m.

Storms are currently moving into Bartow and Paulding counties ahead of schedule.

8 a.m.

Storms with heavy rain and lots of lightning are currently moving into west Georgia:

Here is what to know for Tuesday:

  • First part of system is mainly heavy rain starting around 10 a.m.
  • Risk for severe storms goes up around 1 p.m.
  • The highest risk of a tornado this afternoon will be south of I-20.
  • Risk for strong, long-tracked tornadoes is highest over middle and south Georgia into this afternoon and early evening.
  • Large Level 3 severe weather risk covers most of north Georgia Wednesday.

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