Calm after 3 tornadoes in metro Atlanta


ATLANTA FORECAST

Today: Sunny. High: 56

Tonight: Clear. Low: 42

Tomorrow: Sunny High: 59

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

Metro Atlanta is still dealing with cleanup and new reports of damage Thursday following a storm system that brought three confirmed tornadoes to metro Atlanta and killed six people across the Southeast.

A truck driver was slightly injured when a tree fell on his truck Thursday on Sells Avenue and Lawton Street in Atlanta.

Metal from a recycling center’s roof was still wrapped around utility poles the intersection of Mableton Parkway and Discovery Boulevard in Cobb County, according to Channel 2 Action News.

And homeowners worked to repair damage 20 downed trees caused in Marietta alone following three radar-confirmed tornadoes that moved through metro Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon — one in Carroll/Haralson/Paulding counties, one in Cobb/Fulton counties and one in north Fulton/Forsyth counties — the television station reported.

More than 50 counties, including Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett, were placed under tornado watches and warnings throughout the afternoon Wednesday.

While no weather-related fatalities were reported in Georgia by 6:30 p.m., three were killed in a suspected tornado in a mobile home in Rosalie in northeast Alabama, Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harmen told The Associated Press. Another person in the home was critically injured, and three people were killed in Tennessee.

A coastal-based Georgia firefighter and his wife were two of the people killed Wednesday in Ocoee, Tennessee.

Mark Faulk was an active member with the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department at the time of his death, according to the city’s Facebook page.

At least 13 twisters damaged homes and barns and uprooted trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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Students throughout metro Atlanta including those in Gwinnett, DeKalb and Forsyth counties were held on campuses until storms passed.

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“It was quite an afternoon, but that has moved out,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “Our skies have cleared, and we’re going to be a little breezy today.”

Wind speeds are expected to reach 20 mph.

Temperatures were 63 degrees in Atlanta, 58 in Griffin and 64 in Griffin just before 6 a.m.

— Staff photographer John Spink contributed to this report.



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