Severe storms down trees, damage cars and apartment building

Thalia Landry said she was inside her Valle Oaks apartment when she heard the massive tree come down.

ATLANTA — Popup storms moved through the metro Tuesday evening, bringing pea size hail, heavy rain, lightning and winds.

Several severe thunderstorm warnings were issued throughout the afternoon as the storms moved through.

Thalia Landry told Channel 2's Alyssa Hyman she was inside her Valle Oaks apartment when she heard the massive tree come down.

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“It was really scary. I mean, I have kids and when it all started, we got the kids and tried to get in a safe place because it was really scary,” Landry said.


The tree hit her building and about five of her neighbors’ cars parked nearby.

“Honestly, it sounded like a gun had went off three different times and we came outside to see what was going on,” Landry said.

When Hyman got to the complex, she saw crews already working with chainsaws to remove the tree and the debris.

She said there was shattered glass still on the ground from the crushed cars still underneath the branches.

“I was really surprised. I was not expecting this,” the complex’s leasing agent said.

The agent told Hyman she's working to find vacant units for the displaced families.

The rest of the families are just grateful no one was hurt

“It could have done a lot more than what it did,” Landry said.

The leasing agent said she will be meeting with the property manager Wednesday morning to discuss the damaged cars.

On top of the damage in Brookhaven, the weather caused a ground stop at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for a short period Tuesday evening, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Throughout the afternoon, Channel 2 Action News viewers sent in pictures of downed trees and hail that fell across the metro as the storms moved through.