ATLANTA -- Severe thunderstorms and one tornado slammed parts of Metro Atlanta from much of the day Wednesday, causing lots of damage across the region.
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The National Weather Service initially said five counties -- Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Paulding and Gilmer -- saw tornadoes Wednesday. On Thursday, it was determined that only one tornado touched down in Bartow and Gordon counties.
The tornado struck Bartow County, causing heavy damage in and around Adairsville just before midday then moved into Gordon County, bringing additional damage to areas near Calhoun.
Storm damage in Bartow and Gordon counties prompted Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to declare both counties a disaster area.
With the damage in Adairsville, a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been put into effect there. In addition, Adairsville was under a boil water advisory until further notice. An emergency shelter was up in the Manning Mill Road gymnasium near Adairsville off of US 41.
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Heavy rains spread across the region, prompting flash flood watches and warnings across north Georgia. Flooding in some areas resulted in road closures across the region. Some flooding and standing water resulted in lane closures on Metro Atlanta interstates, including the offramp from Interstate 85 at Camp Creek Parkway, near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, causing havoc for air travelers.
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