Alabama Power is sending some 300 crew members to assist its sister utility in restoring power around Metro Atlanta. (Alabama Power)
ATLANTA -- National Weather Service survey crews said EF-1 two tornadoes hit parts of Cherokee, Cobb and Fulton counties Thursday night.
According to the National Weather Service, an EF-1 tornado with winds of up to 105 mph touched down four miles west-northwest of Canton at about 7 p.m., near the intersection of Patriot Trail and Rampley Trail, before moving through Canton causing plenty of tree damage.
They said a Chevron gas station at Marietta Road and Hickory Flat Highway had a portion of its roof peeled away and a gas pump blown over. Along Hickory Flat Highway, hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted.
The tornado then headed to the south-southeast, causing additional tree damage along its 8.5 mile path, before lifting again near the intersection of New Light Road and Hickory Road, about five miles south-southeast of Canton.
A second tornado touched down about a half-mile south of Woodstock in far southern Cherokee County.
That storm had peak winds of 110 mph, and touched down two miles south of Woodstock near the Cherokee-Cobb line along Woodhaven Drive, bringing down trees and power lines. That storm tracked southeast into Cobb County and into the Bishop Lake subdivision, causing a lot of damage to homes as well as knocking down a number of trees.
Preliminary information shows that storm crossed the Chattahoochee River near Johnson Ferry Road and Riverside Drive and moved into Fulton County, weakening to an EF-0 storm as it knocked down trees tracking southeastward across Riverside Drive, then downing tree limbs and splitting trees near Abernathy Road before lifting near the intersection of Abernathy Road and Wright Road in Sandy Springs.
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Here is an update on some of the reports around the area:
-As of Friday afternoon there were about 49,000 people without power statewide.
-Customers can call GA Power's hotline at 888-891-0938 to report outages or get updates.
- According to the GDOT, due to the severe storms in the Atlanta area Thursday night they are experiencing several power outages. The power outages are extensive north of the Brookwood area and mainly affect detection along I-285 North and west and I-75 between Brookwood and I-285.
-Georgia Power says most customers should have power restored by midnight Friday.
-Fulton County Clerk of Superior Court North Annex Service Center closed Friday due to power outage
-Alabama Power is sending some 300 crew members to assist its sister utility in restoring power around Metro Atlanta.
-The storms produced as many as 350 lightning strikes every 15 minutes in certain areas.
-Multiple trees were down across the entire metro Atlanta area, knocking out power and blocking roads.
-Up to 200,00 people statewide were without power at the peak of the storms.
-Accidents on I-75 around Cartersville blocked the freeway for miles.
-A tree fell on I-20 near Six Flags blocking lanes.
-Lightning caused several house fires around the metro.
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