ATLANTA - Intense storms rolled through north Georgia Tuesday afternoon, downing trees and causing damage to homes across the metro.
The storms came as a cold front moved into the area, sparking a tornado warning Tuesday afternoon in Clayton, DeKalb, Rockdale and Henry counties.
#BREAKING: TORNADO WARNING issued in Clayton, DeKalb, Henry and Rockdale counties - https://t.co/gi9u2KLTzG— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) February 12, 2019
Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist @GlennBurnsWSB & Meteorologist @BradNitzWSB are tracking the storm RIGHT NOW on Channel 2 #StormWatchOn2 pic.twitter.com/zqcCFmrY9y
The storms have moved out of the area, but cooler air is moving in behind them.
The official high hit 71 degrees, but that was before the afternoon storms.
Some light, moderate rain has lingered a bit but that too will clear throughout the night.
The forecast overnight will be clear but cold.
"Most of us will stay above freezing, but we're headed into the 30s to start the day," Nitz said.
Wednesday will be sunny and seasonably cool throughout the day, with highs in the mid-50s.
Thursday will be dry as well, but rain will start to move in Friday night, and off-and-on showers are expected throughout the weekend.
A MINUTE-BY-MINUTE LOOK AT THE STORMS:
An Ellenwood neighbor describes what it was like when the storm blew through his subdivision.
Devonte McCoy, 24, of Ellenwood describes the moment a powerful storm blew through his neighborhood pic.twitter.com/OyLOR5gAzc— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) February 12, 2019
Forest Park Police say several roads are closed. They are asking poeple to avoid the following areas:
White Oak Dr.
The City of Locust Grove announced that power is out at City Hall and multiple trees are down in the area.
Clayton County Public Schools are delaying afternoon bus routes due to the weather.
"We are delaying the afternoon routes of all school buses until the weather is cleared by the local and national forecasts within the Jonesboro City areas," the county said in a release Tuesday.
Please see the following notice as it relates to the possible delay of student pick up/drop off times due to inclement weather. pic.twitter.com/jjSHnXQnvU— Clayton County Public Schools (@CCPSNews) February 12, 2019
GDOT says power lines are down on Georgia 109 in Meriwether County and all lanes in both directions are blocked.
Meriwether County - Ya'll are having some WEATHER! Be careful! Power lines are down on Georgia 109 at Dogwood Circle, and all lanes in both directions are blocked. Estimated time of clearance - 3:15 p.m. Seek alternate routes, or better yet, wait until the storms have passed! pic.twitter.com/2Vm5nh6YIT— GDOT West Central (@GDOTWest) February 12, 2019
Police say there are trees down on Springdale Road and Ellen Street in Forest Park. Damage to a home has also been reported in Ellenwood.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Upson County until 2:30 p.m.
We're getting reports of storm damage in Lake City and Ellenwood.
An intersection was closed in Cobb County where traffic lights are out and wires are down. The road has since re-opened.
The tornado warning has expired in Clayton, DeKalb, Rockdale and Henry counties, though strong storms continue to move across the state.
The danger is over for Clayton County but continues for Dekalb, Rockdale and Henry counties.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Glenn Burns said 40-50 mph wind gusts are possible crossing over I-75 into Henry County, in addition to active tornado warning.
Henry and south DeKalb now in the line for the strongest parts of this system. Please be on your guard! Clayton Co., you're in the clear.https://t.co/TTtivcpMbc #StormWatchOn2 pic.twitter.com/ZgFm4I4AmK— Glenn Burns (@GlennBurnsWSB) February 12, 2019
The tornado warning has been extended to Clayton, DeKalb, Rockdale and Henry Counties until 2 p.m. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Glenn Burns said he sees a "radar indicated" tornado and possible lofted debris.
If you live in south DeKalb County, TAKE COVER.
A tornado warning has been issued in Clayton County until 2 p.m. If you are in Jonesboro, Flintlock, Lithonia or Collinsville TAKE COVER.
Rotation has moved into Clayton County now. Tornado warning coming now pic.twitter.com/LQBlRd3bCh— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) February 12, 2019
Severe Weather Team 2 is seeing signs of rotation in a storm in Fayette County.
1:32 pm. The storm in northern Fayette County is showing signs of rotation. We’re watching it carefully and will update on channel 2 if necessary . pic.twitter.com/eRDk9AUANp— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) February 12, 2019
A ground stop is in effect at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as storms move through.
A line of heavy storms is closing in on metro Atlanta:
The worst of the weather is moving into the city of Atlanta right now, and is headed to the eastern and southeastern metro area over the next couple hours. pic.twitter.com/OKYNpXxCi3— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) February 12, 2019
Channel 2's Mike Petchenik is seeing heavy rain over Brookhaven.
Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Katie Walls says the band of rain is moving into the North Fulton area.
1:04 PM Heavy rain is now moving into Roswell and Sandy Springs, headed toward Buckhead, Atlanta and points eastward. I just felt the outflow boundary, i.e. cool rush of wind in Dekalb county #gawx pic.twitter.com/LsSXMctBX4— Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) February 12, 2019
Heavy rain and the potential for strong gusts are hitting Cobb County down to South Fulton, according to Nitz.
Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach is in Cobb County where heavy rain is starting to fall.
Sheets of rain now coming down in Cobb County pic.twitter.com/mu31QvLFmU— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) February 12, 2019
Severe Weather Team 2's Eboni Deon is in Severe Weather Chaser 2 in Carroll County and is reporting she has hit heavy rain.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz said storms are moving into metro Atlanta right now.
Line of heavy rain with the potential for strong wind gusts and embedded strong storm moving into the west metro.
RIGHT NOW: Line of heavy rain with the potential for strong wind gusts and embedded strong storm moving into the west metro.@BradNitzWSB is tracking live now on Channel 2. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/lohhIxXnXY— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) February 12, 2019
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said the timing is pushing the rain and storms later into the afternoon.
UPDATED TIMING: The line of heavy rain with embedded storms is moving a little slower right now -- that would bring the line into #ATL closer to 1:30-2pm.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) February 12, 2019
Storm threats remain the same -- heavy rain, strong wind gusts, isolated tornado risk. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/ZX7v6MdDU1
The areas in west Georgia are where we're keeping an eye on for severe weather threat.
Temps are in the low 70s now in LaGrange... mid 60s in #ATL... it's going to be these areas we'll keep an eye on for the severe weather threat.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) February 12, 2019
Farther north & east, wedge remains and it's chilly...
Cobb County spokesperson Ross Cavitt said local emergency officials are working with the National Weather Service to monitor the line of storms.
Cobb Co. Emergency Management is working with the Nat'l Weather Service to monitor a line of storms moving into Georgia. There is a possibility of severe weather in Cobb this afternoon, so stay weather aware and be prepared to take action if necessary. pic.twitter.com/tSh9K8beiy— Ross Cavitt (@RossCavitt) February 12, 2019
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz said although the threat remains low, there is still a chance for an isolated storms.
Although the overall severe weather threat is low, isolated severe storms are possible today across metro Atlanta.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) February 12, 2019
I'm tracking the storms live on @wsbtv at Noon.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said he expects more lightning and thunder in north Georgia later this morning.
RADAR UPDATE 10AM: Heavy rain is falling across Alabama right now with some lightning a bit south of Birmingham. I expect a bit more thunder/lightning as this moves into N GA a little later this morning.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) February 12, 2019
Tracking with @BradNitzWSB. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/FUzHWkHBpH
Storm energy is "creeping" up as the line moves through Georgia.
Storm energy (CAPE) is creeping up just a bit across north Georgia now... but will remain low as line comes in.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) February 12, 2019
But there will be enough to give us the potential for an isolated strong/severe storm as the line moves into north Georgia later today. @wsbtv
The heavy rain is moving into northwest Georgia.
The risk for severe weather has expanded more into metro Atlanta.
UPDATE: @NWSSPC has extended the risk of severe weather today (marginal -- lowest level) to include most areas south of I-20 in north Georgia. This is what we expected for today.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) February 12, 2019
Main impact still heavy rain, but strong wind gusts are a possibility. pic.twitter.com/44VQBuFRKO
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