Strong morning storms leave behind downed trees, hundreds without power

Viewers sent in storm damage reports to Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan.

VILLA RICA, Ga. — Strong storms rolled through north Georgia in the early hours of Thursday morning, bringing lightning, hail and strong winds that downed trees and power lines.

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach went to one Villa Rica neighborhood two trees crashed down onto a house.

The home in the Brookside subdivision ended up with one tree crashing into the upstairs bathroom and the other one took off the home’s chimney.

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Homeowner Shane Wilson told Gehlbah that he was awake when the storm moved through around 4 a.m., as well as his 10-year-old son.

That’s when Wilson said he heard the trees come crashing down.

“He’s like, ‘Dad, what happened?’ I don’t know, what the hell was that? I came outside to back porch and this,” Wilson said, show Gehlbah the damage left by the trees. “It was terrible. Had to be about 80 mph winds.”

Neighbor Gus Kern said he took cover in a tornado shelter in a basement. When the storm passed she said went outside to find his yard damaged.

“Just a big tree went down, that’s all,” Kern said.


He told Gehlbach that he was thankful the tree didn’t hit his house.

Wilson said he didn’t hear the tree hit, but his son had a close call as a limb came through the roof

“He heard something come through. That limb upstairs came through the closet door in the bathroom and was like a projectile. Shot all the way through the roof. It was crazy,” Wilson said.

The good news out of all of this, no one was injured in these case

Here's Meteorologist Brian Monahan with your Thursday forecast.

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Posted by Brian Monahan, WSB on Thursday, April 9, 2020
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