• Wind, rain cause damage ahead of cold front


    ATLANTA - Wind and rain Wednesday morning caused some damage in metro Atlanta.

    North Rock Spring Road in northeast Atlanta is blocked by a downed tree. Atlanta police have the road closed off while they wait for a power crew to repair downed lines.

    Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman spotted another downed tree blocking Wildwood Road. Power crews worked to repair damaged lines there, as well.

    Another tree fell on East Andrews, near West Paces Ferry. Crews told Stockman the massive tree did not take out any power lines, but it took a lot of manpower to get the tree’s limbs out of the roadway.

    A home in Austell was damaged when a tree fell on the roof overnight. Two people were at the home on Ledford Drive, but no one was injured.

    Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist David Chandley said metro Atlanta and north Georgia are under a wind advisory until 10 p.m. Wednesday.

    Chandley said the threat of severe weather overnight never materialized, but many areas saw heavy rain and lightning. As the rain moves out, Chandley said a cold front will move in and temperatures will drop throughout the day.

    Georgia Power said 1,700 people in metro Atlanta are without power, and more than 5,000 total in the state, most of whom are in northwest Georgia.

    Firefighters: Wind contributed to fire that destroyed Woodstock home

    Firefighters are blaming heavy winds for fanning the flames at a Woodstock home. A house on Hearthstone Way was destroyed by flames overnight.

    Cherokee County firefighters said they had their hands full, not only with the fire, but the windy weather that wreaked havoc on their efforts to save the home.

    “The wind was very severe at that time, so the fire moved quickly through the house,”

    Two people who lived at the home were able to grab their pets and safely evacuate the home.

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