• Heavy rain leaves big mess in metro Atlanta


    ATLANTA - Severe Weather Team 2 expects scattered showers throughout the course of Monday afternoon, following a series of weekend downpours that left major damage in neighborhoods across the metro area.

    Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist David Chandley said temperatures will struggle to reach 60 degrees and some areas may get a quarter to a half inch of rain. Other areas could even see some hail. The flood watch in metro Atlanta has expired, but the advisory is still effective for parts of northwest and northeast Georgia until 8 p.m.

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    The watch comes after steady, and often heavy rain in the past couple of days took down trees, power lines and covered roads in the metro area.

    Utility crews spent hours Monday morning to restore service in midtown after a large tree fell and knocked out power near 5th and Juniper streets.

    Channel 2’s Sophia Choi said Juniper was shut down while crews worked to remove the tree and get electricity back for about 40 homes.

    Gallery of damage in metro area, north Georgia

    Nancy Creek Road in northwest Atlanta is also blocked due to a tree that fell on power lines overnight. Caution tape has been put up to warn neighbors. Officials said the road is still accessible from West Paces Ferry Road.

    In southeast Atlanta, a couple is not allowed inside their home after a tree crushed part of their home.

    The man and woman, who are in their 70s, were just sitting down for breakfast at their home on Newton Avenue on Saturday when the tree came crashing in.

    Kizzy Terry said her father just left the exact spot where the tree fell seconds before it came down.

    “No more than two seconds after he stood up and walked into the kitchen, the tree fell over, taking down the entire roof. There’s no breaking, no splitting. Nothing happened to it, it just toppled over. The ground is soaked,” Terry said.

    Terry said her parents are OK and staying with relatives. She said it could take six months to repair the home.

    In Cherokee County, school buses are being rerouted after a giant hole consumed part of Glen Wilkie Trail.

    Heavy rain over the weekend caused the ground to erode around the drainage system underneath part of the road. The hole caused the road to be shut down.

    The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said all proper agencies have been notified, but could not say when the hole would be patched and the road reopened.

    Georgia Power said 260 homes are without power in metro Atlanta, down from 1,500 Sunday night.

    After Saturday set a record with nearly 3 inches of rainfall, coupled with Sunday's downpours, the forecast for the next couple of days appears to be a welcome change.

    Severe Weather Team 2 expects to see some clearing Tuesday, when temperatures climb to 73 degrees. Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny and top out at about 80 degrees.

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