ATLANTA — The severe weather that swept through metro Atlanta has begun to move out and conditions will start to dry out a bit before our next round round of possible storms on Tuesday.
The western part of North Georgia is under a Level 3 threat for severe weather throughout the day Tuesday, while the Atlanta metro will be under at least a Level 2 threat.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado carved a 1.5-mile path through Douglas County Monday morning. The storm had winds of up to 90 mph. Officials are still working to determine if any other tornadoes touched down in other parts of metro Atlanta.
We’ll be tracking the severe storms as they move through metro Atlanta, all morning long on Channel 2 Action News This Morning starting at 4:30 a.m., WSBTV.com and on WSB Now on your Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV.
Around 10:30 a.m., Severe Weather Team 2 saw a strong debris signature on radar, which means a tornado was likely on the ground in southwest Atlanta.
Atlanta police also confirmed a tornado touchdown in the area of MLK Jr. Dr. and Fairburn Rd. in the Adamsville area. They also said many trees are down along Cascade Rd. That tornado has not been confirmed by the National Weather Service.
The circulation of the storm weakened as it moved through DeKalb County and into Gwinnett County, but picked back up as it moved toward Athens and off into South Carolina.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz went to another area in southwest Atlanta where another tornado likely touched down to see the damage first-hand.
This particular storm touched down just before 11 a.m. along Plummer Road.
“We saw the lofted debris signature on the radar and then the damage we’ve seen here today looks just like tornado damage,” Nitz said.
Nitz found a power pole that had been snapped by the storm, with power lines lying across the road near a warehouse that appeared to be under construction.
“We’ve got trees across the road. Dozens and dozens of trees snapped from this tornado,” Nitz said.
Survey crews from the Nation Weather Service are expected to be deployed to the area.
Here is what you need to know for the rest of the day:
- Most areas will be under at least Level 2 risk on Tuesday; isolated severe storms, strong wind gusts, hail possible.
- Western part of the Channel 2 viewing area will be under a Level 3 threat Tuesday.
- Brief, isolated tornadoes are possible Tuesday
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