ATLANTA — Zeta has moved out of north Georgia but it left behind a trail of widespread damage.
Severe Weather Team 2 tracked the storm for days before it arrived and warned you about the potential impacts.
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Strong wind gusts slammed north Georgia, causing trees and power poles to come crashing down. Three people were killed. A couple in their 20s died after a tree fell on their home in Buford. Another man in his 20s was killed when a tree fell on his mobile home in Coweta County.
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At one point, more than 1 million people were without power Thursday morning. Georgia Power said power had been restored to nearly half a million people by Thursday night, but it could be until Sunday night before some people got their power back.
Several school districts across metro Atlanta have announced they will be closed for a second day on Friday. Check the FULL LIST HERE.
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Georgia Power says some customers could be without power until Sunday night. Nearly 490,000 customers have already been restored.
Atlanta Public Schools has announced Friday will be a “non-instructional” day for students. Teachers and staff are asked to work remotely. Individual schools will make decisions about athletics and extracurricular activities.
The FCC is monitor reports of widespread cell carrier outages.
#HurricaneZeta has cut a wide swath through several states in the Southeast. The @FCC is monitoring the status of communications networks, and is also getting updates on power and other comms-affecting issues. Our most recent report is available here. https://t.co/xbEsK5Mnvq pic.twitter.com/CJ3mFdGi00— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) October 29, 2020
Hall County schools will also have a digital learning day Friday. Check the FULL LIST HERE.
Paulding County schools are closed Friday after Tropical Storm Zeta. Check the FULL LIST HERE.
Gwinnett County Schools will have a digital learning day Friday. Teachers will work from home.
Due to ongoing power outages and downed trees blocking bus routes, all GCPS students—both in-person and digital learners—will participate in digital learning from home on Friday, Oct. 30. Students who can’t access lessons due to outages can complete work at a later time. pic.twitter.com/O3U3ZjrkFw— Gwinnett Co. Schools (@GwinnettSchools) October 29, 2020
Power is still out at a few early voting locations in Fulton County. Mobile precincts are open at Wolf Creek Library and Milton Library until 7 p.m.
Power is still out in a few #EarlyVoting locations. The #FultonVotes Mobile Precincts are at the Wolf Creek Library and Milton Library until 7 p.m. to serve voters. pic.twitter.com/MNokVeJU20— FultonCountyGeorgia (@FultonInfo) October 29, 2020
Fannin County schools will also be closed Friday in the wake of Tropical Storm Zeta. FULL LIST HERE.
Officials in Kennesaw say several roads are still blocked and traffic lights are still out.
Hang in there, everybody! We see the light at the end of this Zeta tunnel 😉 pic.twitter.com/oZKEeb9Jad— Kennesaw Police (@KennesawPolice) October 29, 2020
Habersham County officials said they have received reports of almost 498 down trees. Of those reported, 249 trees were on roadways. The other 249 trees were reported to be embedded within power lines.
Emergency crews conducted two home rescues after trees fell, trapping people inside.
Fulton, Cobb, Bartow, Dawson, Habersham and Lumpkin county schools have announced that they will remain closed Friday.
Bartow County schools joins the list of counties where classes are canceled Friday.
Officials in Milton gave an update on Twitter about road closures.
Here’s the latest update on Milton road closures. Utility crews have made progress, though some areas remain closed to vehicular traffic. They include:— City of Milton (@cityofmiltonga) October 29, 2020
• Mountain Rd., where it hits Freemanville Rd.
• All of Nix Rd.
• Freemanville, between Birmingham Rd. and Mountain Rd...
Johns Creek police say power should be returned soon for the area of Barnwell Road.
The power lines on Barnwell Rd have been repaired.— Johns Creek PD (@JohnsCreekPD) October 29, 2020
Power should be restored momentarily.
Barnwell Rd is still closed due to communication lines down across the road. #JohnsCreek#JohnsCreekPD#JCPDRowe#Zeta pic.twitter.com/l0a5evinNc
Sunshine has returned! Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz says cooler, drier air is moving in.
Sunshine has returned after Zeta. We're in the low 80s now but a big drop in temperatures is coming. I have the latest live on Channel 2. pic.twitter.com/lIOqHk9VHV— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) October 29, 2020
2 people were killed when a tree fell onto a house in Gwinnett County. READ MORE HERE.
Trees down are blocking Roswell Road at Bishop Lake Road in Roswell.
Trees Down says @RoswellGAPolice on Roswell Rd at Bishop lake Rd. lanes are blocked. Avoid https://t.co/SO1BQq7Ttx #ATLtraffic pic.twitter.com/Jhq1Ik1pNO— WSB Radio (@wsbradio) October 29, 2020
Two Douglas county voting sites are opening back up -- UPDATE FOR ADVANCE VOTING: Dog River Library will open today at 1 p.m. for early voting and Boundary Water Aquatic Center is expected to be open later Thursday.
Traffic lights are out across metro Atlanta.
Power and traffic lights still🚦out at West Paces and Northside Pkwy @WSBTraffic #ATLtraffic pic.twitter.com/W8UUaIntmL— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) October 29, 2020
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office updates on road closures due to the storms.
Current road closures in Cherokee County: (1of2 tweets) North Arnold Mill / Bluff Creek— Cherokee Sheriff’s Office (@CherokeeSO) October 29, 2020
S. Cherokee Ln.
Ball Ground Rd / Conns Creek
Yellow Creek Rd / Conns Creek
Bells Ferry @ Butterworth
Bells Ferry @ Villa Chase
Bells Ferry @ Wyngate
Ridge Rd @ Keeter Rd
All 6 early voting locations in Douglas County are down because of power outages.
All 6 early voting locations in Douglas County are down because of power outages according to @GaSecofState pic.twitter.com/fnpjxsWr08— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) October 29, 2020
Cobb EMC says this is the worst storm system to cut power to homes in 3 years.
UPDATE: Per Cobb EMC, more than 92,000 customers are without power. The company says this is the worst system outage since the winter storm in 2017. @wsbtv #StormWatchon2 pic.twitter.com/p5U2u6N7p1— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) October 29, 2020
Video captures tree falling down in East Atlanta.
Early voting in Rockdale County delayed until 10:30 a.m.
VOTING INFORMATION! Early Voting delayed until 10:30am today due to weather! @ozspeaks @sl_washington @teachwill pic.twitter.com/LbogSRC0h6— Rockdale County (@RockdaleGov) October 29, 2020
At least one early voting polling place in Henry County will be delayed.
ALERT: WEATHER RELATED DELAYED OPENING— Henry County (@HenryCounty) October 29, 2020
The polling place at Locust Grove Library: 115 M.L.K. Jr. Blvd., Locust Grove will delay opening this morning, due to power lines being down. Check back here https://t.co/v9nkcKvCdA for updates or to find a different polling place near you.
Forsyth County government says early voting locations will open as usual today.
All Forsyth County advance voting locations are open regular hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) including those located in Parks and Recreation facilities.— ForsythCountyGovernment (@ForsythCoGov) October 29, 2020
Any updates will be posted here.
Cobb County says early voting locations will not open until 10 a.m. due to storm damage in the county.
UPDATE -— Cobb County, GA (@cobbcountygovt) October 29, 2020
- Magistrate Court hearings delayed until 10 a.m.
- Advance Voting locations will not open until 10 a.m.
- CobbLinc will attempt to run bus service were safe, expect delays https://t.co/jbv1anoLmq
Power outages from Zeta has forced some early voting locations in Fulton County to delay opening.
Power Outages & other issues have delayed opening of early voting at locations including: Ponce de Leon Library, Wolf Creek Library, Adams Park Library, Chastain Park, East Roswell Library, Helene Mills Senior Center, Milton Library, Etris Community Center, Milton Library— FultonCountyGeorgia (@FultonInfo) October 29, 2020
There is a wind advisory for the south side of metro Atlanta.
Wind advisory for the south side/tropical storm warning continues north -- wind advisory will extend into the afternoon. Not nearly as windy as it was, but still gusty at times this afternoon. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/12bvuEty0g— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 29, 2020
Cobb County DOT crews say there were 150 calls of trees down in the county.
Right now: Crews restoring power to thousands of homes in Cobb County. Cobb DOT crews responding to 150 calls of trees down. Advanced voting locations not opening until 10 a.m. @wsbtv #StormWatchon2 pic.twitter.com/W7UDZaOWW1— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) October 29, 2020
Channel 2 Action News has confirmed that a man was killed when a tree crashed onto his home in Cherokee County. READ MORE HERE.
More than 1 million people are without power right now due to Tropical Storm Zeta.
The strong wind gusts are gradually dying down in Georgia as Zeta races out of the area.
Winds will gradually taper off from the SW to tne NE through the nextt couple hours. Rain is gone. We will have a cold...Posted by Glenn Burns on Thursday, October 29, 2020
More than 920,000 people across Georgia are without power due to Tropical Storm Zeta.
Bells Ferry Road in Cherokee County is shut down due to a fallen tree.
Bells Ferry Rd is shut down near Wyngate Pkwy. Tree across the road.— Cherokee Sheriff’s Office (@CherokeeSO) October 29, 2020
A Douglas County spokesperson says the local courthouse and other local government offices will have a delayed opening until 11 a.m.
Gusty wind is causing damage in east Cobb.
Gusty winds in East Cobb. Thousands of homes without power. Trees and power lines down. @wsbtv #StormWatchon2 pic.twitter.com/E217cEZe4i— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) October 29, 2020
The number of power outages in Georgia has risen to more than 710,000 this morning.
Tree down on Cascade Palmetto Highway at West Stubbs Road in South Fulton County.
TRAVEL ADVISORY due to a Tree Down on Cascade Palmetto Hwy at West Stubbs Rd. the road is closed. Avoid @SouthFulton_PD https://t.co/kTgeaYu0Zi #ATLtraffic pic.twitter.com/net7Hz2jtw— Triple Team Traffic (@WSBTraffic) October 29, 2020
More than 530,000 people without power as Tropical Storm Zeta moves through Georgia.
Tree down on I-20 W just before MLK in Atlanta. Multiple lanes blocked.
Tree down on Westbound I-20 just before MLK. HERO units blocking all but one left lane now #ATLTraffic @MarkArum @WSBTraffic @AshleyFrascaWSB pic.twitter.com/4i7oUKcjKE— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) October 29, 2020
The city of Roswell is reporting multiple trees down on roads in the city.
City of Roswell 911 Center reports that we have trees down at the following locations:— Roswell, Georgia (@CityofRoswellGA) October 29, 2020
· GA 400 Northbound, South of Holcomb Bridge Road
· 9200 Stonemist Trace
· Coleman Road/Ashley Manor Dr.
· Atlanta St./Warmsprings Circle—ALL LANES BLOCKED pic.twitter.com/h0UUUJxCSS
5:10 a.m.: More than 356,000 people are now without power in Georgia. The number keeps rising.
Channel 2′s Chris Jose in Cobb County says he’s seeing thousands of homes in the county without power.
49+ mph wind gusts are being reported in metro Atlanta.
Wind gusts so far up to 49 mph officially -- but there have certainly been higher gusts away from the official reporting stations. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/QhE373YHS2— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 29, 2020
The number of power outages has jumped to more than 284,000 across Georgia.
More than 100,000 without power in Georgia, according to Georgia Power and local EMCs.
Now more than 100,000 without power including @georgiapower and local EMCs @wsbtv— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 29, 2020
Wind gusts as high as 49 mph are hitting downtown Atlanta.
50 mph wind gusts in parts of western Georgia.
Wind gusts to nearly 50 mph now in Carrollton. Expecting more power outages. Stay safe and make sure your phones and devices are charged. We're on at 4 AM on WSB tracking Zeta for you. pic.twitter.com/kxzVbjNGkU— Eboni Deon, WSB (@EboniDeonWSB) October 29, 2020
At least 10,000 power outages are being reported so far in Georgia, according to Georgia Power.
.@georgiapower outages are going up FAST -- up to 10,000 now. About 20 minutes ago... it was 3,000.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 29, 2020
Stay safe over the next couple of hours! @wsbtv
Tropical storm force wind gusts are reaching parts of western Georgia.
Power outages will start to increase quickly across west Georgia now as wind rapidly picks up -- gusting to tropical storm force now in Carrollton.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 29, 2020
We're live on Channel 2 at 4am. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/Io7GVz9K8Z
Bands from Zeta are starting to push through Georgia. This is the area to watch for brief, spin-up tornadoes.
Radar showing rain bands now moving in. This is where we will be watching for the brief spin up tornadoes. So far not seeing any rotation in the bands.Posted by Glenn Burns on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
More than 150,000 people without power to the west of us in Alabama.
Wind gusts are starting to climb across west Georgia now -- up to about 30 mph in Carrollton.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 29, 2020
Just checked @alabamapower to our west -- now 150,000 customers without power there. @wsbtv
Tropical storm force winds can be felt in some parts of north Georgia now, according to Burns.
Here we go. Measuring strong tropical storm winds now in some areas. Will likely be ramping up from here on out until about 7-8 am. We are here for you. 150,000 people in AL now without powerPosted by Glenn Burns on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan says the worst comes of Zeta comes through between about 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.
ZETA UPDATE: Good morning! Zeta is now a 70 mph tropical storm over Alabama. We're on track for that 2-4 hour window of...Posted by Brian Monahan, WSB on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Areas in west Georgia are seeing the winds start to pick up more.
WInds getting stronger now...up to 31 mph in Carroll CoPosted by Glenn Burns on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
To our west, the wind gusts are around 60 mph in Alabama. Monahan says strong winds will move through metro Atlanta soon.
Looking at wind gusts back in Alabama now -- gusts to around 60 mph around Montgomery north to areas south of Birmingham... these strong winds are moving across north Georgia in the next 2-3 hours. @wsbtv— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 29, 2020
Winds are beginning to pick up now...WIll be getting stronger in the next 2 hours. Get ready.Posted by Glenn Burns on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The 2 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center downgraded Zeta to a tropical storm with sustained winds of 70 mph.
Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns says the center of Zeta is in central Alabama.
The center of ZETA is in west-central AL. I drew an arrow pointing to it. You can see the nasty rainbands east of the...Posted by Glenn Burns on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan says the wind is starting to pick up in north Georgia. Stronger winds are expected as we head throughout the morning.
Wind gusting up to 20 now in north Georgia — but we’re still hours away from the strongest.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 29, 2020
Tracking with @GlennBurnsWSB @EboniDeonWSB all morning! pic.twitter.com/iYJ1A1vMdv
The latest advisory shows Zeta barely hanging on as a Category 1 hurricane. It has sustained winds of 75 MPH moving through Alabama.
A tornado watch has been issued for counties south of the Channel 2 viewing area until 6 a.m.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia until 6 AM EDT pic.twitter.com/sUr0ctQLax— NWS Atlanta (@NWSAtlanta) October 29, 2020
Sandy Springs reports a downed tree and power lines has blocked off Scott Valley Road
6455 Scott Valley Rd closed due to down tree and power lines— Sandy Springs, GA (@SandySpringsGA) October 29, 2020
Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns reminds everyone to have a plan before going to sleep.
SEVERE RISK OVERNIGHT. Please DO NOT rely on tornado sirens. Keep your phone handy with our app to warn you. You...Posted by Glenn Burns on Wednesday, October 28, 2020