Forecasters: Early signs show tornado touched down in Cobb County

Preliminary reports show that a tornado did touch down near Vinings and Mableton, but crews will head out Thursday for proof, said the National Weather Service.

"At this point, we can’t confirm it, but we do have storm surveys planned for tomorrow," forecaster Ryan Willis said Wednesday night. "But preliminarily it looks like it was a tornado."

A storm churned its way through northern metro Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon downing trees and power lines and causing some structural damage.

Neither Marietta City Schools nor Cobb County School District reported effects from the storm.

The nasty weather started in Cobb County about 1:45 p.m., Willis said.

Trees, power lines down in metro Atlanta after reports of 3 tornadoes

He said Vinings was hit with some heavy storms and showed some hints of tornado conditions.

But the most obvious effect of the storm was a roof that landed in front of a QuikTrip on Mableton Parkway near Lee Industrial Boulevard.

Willis said that's where there were signs of rotation and a "tornado signature."

Like Cobb County News Now on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter and Instagram

Where Lee Industrial turns into Discovery Boulevard further northeast, there was roof damage along with multiple trees and power lines down.

Cobb police officers responded to that QT to find the roof chunk in the road, said agency spokesman Dana Pierce.

He said dispatchers received reports of fallen trees along Providence, Roswell Road and Old Canton roads.

"What we saw was a lot of the side streets that did suffer trees down and some stoplights out and power outages," Pierce said.

There was also a report of a two-vehicle crash in East Cobb that, according to reports police received, happened when one car hydroplaned into another vehicle, Pierce said. There were no injuries.

He said emergency personnel and utility workers made great progress heading into nightfall Wednesday.

"Now it’s kind of getting everything back to normal," he said.

It'll be easier with Thursday's forecast being cool and dry.

"No more in the way of severe weather," Willis said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Accidental attic fire leaves Douglas County couple dead
Accidental attic fire leaves Douglas County couple dead

An early morning house fire was ruled accidental, but a husband and wife are dead, officials said.  Boyd Weese, 80, and his wife, Evelyn Weese, 79, died in their Douglas County home, spokesman for the Office of Commissioner Insurance Glenn Allen said. The home located at 64485 Ansley Blvd. in Lithia Springs was destroyed. “My fire...
$50K gift boosts Sandy Springs arts efforts
$50K gift boosts Sandy Springs arts efforts

The Sandy Springs Foundation has received a $50,000 gift from the Development Authority of Sandy Springs to further its new mission: the pursuit of arts programming. “The foundation, originally organized to support city programming and projects, will shift its focus to arts programming and educational opportunities,” according to the agenda...
Johns Creek renews CH2M service contracts
Johns Creek renews CH2M service contracts

The Johns Creek City Council has approved contracts with CH2M Hill Engineers Inc. to run the city’s Public Works and Recreation and Parks departments, and to manage its parks bond and TSPLOST projects. CH2M has provided municipal services to Johns Creek since its incorporation in 2006, City Manager Warren Hutmacher said in a report to the council...
Accused NSA leaker Reality Winner seeks release from jail
Accused NSA leaker Reality Winner seeks release from jail

Reality Leigh Winner should be released from jail pending her trial in the National Security Agency leak investigation because new information has surfaced that weakens the government’s case for keeping her behind bars, her attorneys are arguing in new court papers. Winner, 25, the first accused leaker to be prosecuted by the Trump administration...
Kennesaw approves two monthly fee increases
Kennesaw approves two monthly fee increases

The Kennesaw City Council approved the 2017-18 budget on Sept. 18 that includes two monthly fee increases at $3 each per household - one for sanitation, the other for street lights. For the past two years, Republic Services has experienced cost increases related to dumping fees, landfill costs, fuel and overall operating costs, according to a city...
More Stories