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Showers and storms pass through Atlanta

Heavy rains and damaging gusts hit the morning commute and disrupted operations for a time at the airport.

ATLANTA — A line of storms and showers tore through Atlanta this morning, bringing with it heavy rains and damaging gusts to the morning commute and disrupting operations for a time at the airport.

There were multiple reports of overturned tractor trailers and traffic stopping as the line swept across the metro before passing on at about 8:00 a.m. as it moved to the northeast.

The airport was also hit, instituting a ground stop at one point, and with a portion of the ceiling collapsing inside the Cat Cora's restaurant in Concourse A.

Some school systems also made schedule changes for Thursday. For a full list of those, please visit our closings page at 11Alive.com/closings.

RELATED: Severe weather possible overnight; Primary threats are heavy rain, damaging winds

Review our updates from the morning below:

Thursday 02.13.2020

8:00 a.m.: Some strong winds that moved through the area, which contributed to some delays at the airport.

7:45 a.m.: The worst of the system may be gone, but we can expect solid pockets of rain to linger over parts of the metro for a while longer.

7:30 a.m.: The band has largely moved through the metro now. Areas like Athens and Covington are still in the path.

7:20 a.m.: The east metro should be seeing the strongest band move in, with areas like Lawrenceville feeling it first before it sweeps over southern points like Stockbridge. 

7:15 a.m.: Most of the metro is under a significant weather advisory, some lasting as long as 8:15 a.m.

7:00 a.m.: Another update as the weather moves over the metro from 11Alive meteorologist Wes Peery.

6:52 a.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Oconee, Habersham, Stephens and Rabun Counties until 7:30 a.m.

Credit: WXIA

6:50 a.m.: Bands of rain can be seen sweeping over Atlanta on traffic cameras, and road conditions are worsening, so be careful out there!

6:40 a.m.: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is instituting a ground stop as the stormy weather makes its way over Atlanta. It is expected to cause some arrival delays.

6:35 a.m.: 11Alive's Nick Sturdivant is in Midtown as the rain hits the city of Atlanta.

6:30 a.m.: The stormy weather is moving east into north Fulton and Gwinnett County now.

6:20 a.m.: As we get a strong wave of rain inside the Perimeter, track live conditions on the 11Alive radar.

6:15 a.m.: The line that's just beginning to sweep over the northwest metro in Cobb County should also soon drift over Atlanta itself as it continues moving northeast

6:10 a.m.: A significant wave of rain and stormy weather is on its way into the west/northwest Perimeter. Brace yourself, Cobb County.

6:05 a.m.: After the wet and warm weather this morning, it will get cooler into the afternoon.

5:50 a.m.: The areas directly north of Atlanta around GA-400 should see a bit of the stormy weather soon, according to 11Alive meteorologist Wes Peery.

5:30 a.m.: 11Alive meteorologist Wes Peery reports the stronger weather is starting to move into the region. A line of showers and thunderstorms are moving through the northwest part of the metro.

4 am: Showers and storms have remained below severe limits. It's not out of the question a severe thunderstorm develops later this morning but those chances remain very low.

Credit: WXIA

Wednesday 02.12.2020

11 pm: The severe thunderstorm watch in Alabama has canceled. The storm continues to weaken as it moves east.

8:05 pm: Following a weather briefing with emergency management officials this afternoon indicating a chance of severe weather during the early morning hours, Gordon County Schools has made the decision to operate on a 2-hour delay tomorrow, Thursday, February 13.  

8 pm: Out of an abundance of caution and concerns for student and staff safety, Calhoun City Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Thursday, February 13th.

7:50 pm: A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for much of northwest Georgia through Thursday afternoon. 

The watch area includes Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee and Polk counties.

Credit: WXIA

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