• More rain in Tuesday's forecast

    By: WSBTV.com web staff


    ATLANTA - Heavy rains across the Atlanta metro Monday afternoon and evening brought down trees and caused localized flooding, and more rain is on the way for Tuesday.

    Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said rain showers and thunder storms are possible at any time in metro Atlanta on Tuesday, bringing more heavy rain.

    Georgia Power worked to clear a tree that took down a power line on Peachtree Battle Avenue in Buckhead Tuesday morning.

    Jack Candler told Channel 2's Darryn Moore he heard the transformer blow and came outside to see what happened.

    "You got a 90-foot pine tree that fell and crossed the road completely and took down all the lines," Candler said.

    The damage knocked out power to dozens of residents.

    The storms also brought a fresh round of cleaning-up for residents in south Canton, just days after an EF-1 tornado ripped through the area.

    Power hadn't even been on for 24 hours, Tonya Jones said, when her children spotted trouble again.

    "We've seen it coming through the back and I run to the front and started throwing baby bed mattresses and stuff to them in the hallway," Jones said as she watched Monday's storm approach. "The wind was trying to blow the front door open and trees were just going everywhere."

    Jones said the storm left as quickly as it came, leaving behind more destruction.

    "Streets just full of debris, trees snapping," resident Shawn Anderson said, describing what was left behind. "It was just chaotic, very chaotic."

    Across Kennett Street, neighbors came out to a shocking sight -- the storms appeared to have dropped a tree onto a pickup truck, leaving it leaning against a home shared by two families and their children.

    "It's terrible. I really hate it for her, the lady, I really do," neighbor Dorothy Patterson told Channel 2's Ashley Swann. Patterson's home also was damaged by the tree.

    Regardless of the damage, Patterson still chose to look on the bright side.

    "I'm sorry that all this has happened, but like I say, we're fortunate that no one was hurt," Patterson said.

    In Forest Park, heavy rain caused water to pool along Interstate 75, rising close to waist deep levels and shutting down most of the northbound lanes of the interstate at Forest Parkway.

    Channel 2's Tom Jones was there just after 6:30 p.m. as Department of Transportation looked to be clearing storm drains along the interstate to help the water recede faster.

    In the meantime, traffic backed up for miles and some had to use the emergency lane along the interstate to get around the water.

    Many drivers also got off the interstate at the Forest Parkway exit to avoid the water. The water receeded late Monday night, making a clear way for drivers.

    A creek that runs behind homes on Windsor Drive flooded the street, making it difficult for residents to get in and out. Homeowners told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri that the creek floods because debris piles up. When they call the county to complain, they say it's unclear who is responsible for maintaining the waterway.

    In Gwinnett County, firefighters were called to a home in the 5400 block of Ivanhoe Court in Norcross after a fallen tree severely damaged it, spokesman Lt. Colin S. Rhoden said.

    No injuries were reported, but Liberty Taylor and Jay Harmon were left without a home, which was nearly cut in two.

    “We cannot get in the house because it is too dangerous,” Taylor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “If we open try to open the door, it night collapse. We cannot get our things out.”

    Luckily, the couple was not home when the tree fell. The Red Cross is providing assistance.

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