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Thunderstorm warnings expire to end day of strong winds and at least one tornado

Strong storms prompted tornado warnings in Atlanta and beyond.

ATLANTA — A strong line of storms Monday morning brought tornado warnings to the heart of Atlanta and beyond. 

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains for numerous Georgia counties until 9 p.m. 

We are in an active three-day stretch in north Georgia. The 11Alive StormTrackers are tracking waves of showers and storms that will impact the area.

RELATED: Here's a look at the storm damage across metro Atlanta

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Live Updates

7:39 p.m. | The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been canceled for all counties except for Chattahoochee, Coweta, Harris, Heard, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Pike, Stewart, Talbot, Troup, Upson, and Webster counties. For these counties, it remains in effect until 9 p.m.

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5:53 p.m. | The National Weather Service has extended a Flash Flood Warning until 8:15 p.m. for Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Haralson due to observed flooding in the area.

3:58 p.m. | The National Weather Service is reporting that a tornado that touched down in Douglas County was an EF1 with winds of roughly 90 mph. The agency said it traveled for about 1.5 miles and had a width of roughly 250 yards. It touched down along N. Summers Circle and snapped and uprooted trees. It lifted as it approached Dorset Shoals Road, but not before snapping and uprooting multiple trees, some of which also landed on homes.

3:24 p.m. | Georgia Power currently reports 168 outages impacting 13,641 customers across Georgia. A majority of those are currently in the metro Atlanta area.

3:23 p.m. | A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 9 p.m. for Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Crawford, Jasper, Jones, Monroe, Putnam, Greene, Hancock, Taliaferro, Warren, Wilkes, Barrow, Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale, Walton, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Carroll, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, Chattahoochee, Coweta, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Pike, Spalding, Talbot, Taylor, Troup and Upson counties.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for May 3, 2021, until 9 p.m.

3:15 p.m. | Georgia Electric Membership Cooperative reports 9,456 outages across the state. Of them, 8,609 are in metro Atlanta.

2:15 p.m. | Douglas County officials say one person is dead after a tree and power lines fell on a car at around 10:36 a.m. on Campbellton Street between Woodrow Avenue and Spring Street in Douglasville. They only identified the driver as a male as next of kin has not been notified. 

2:05 p.m. | The Mass Vaccination Sites at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville and the LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson operated by the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) are closed for the rest of today due to inclement weather.

2 p.m. | Georgia Power says approximately 7,500 customers impacted by the storms are without power in the metro Atlanta area.

1:46 p.m. | Butts County dropped from tornado warning. 

1:45 p.m. | Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Madison and Oglethorpe counties until 2:15 p.m. 

1:25 p.m. | Tornado warning issued for Butts County and Jasper County until 2  p.m. 

1:15 p.m. | Tornado warnings expire, severe thunderstorm warning extended for Clarke, Madison and Oglethorpe until Clarke 1:45 p.m.

1:05 p.m. | Jackson, Clarke and Oglethorpe dropped from tornado warning. 

1:05 p.m. | Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Butts, Spalding, Jasper, Lamar and Monroe counties until 1:45 p.m.

1 p.m. | More strong storms with heavy wind, thunder and lightning moving into metro Atlanta. 

12:45 p.m. | A tornado warning is in effect for Jackson, Madison, Clarke and Oglethorpe counties until 1:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m. | A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for parts of west Georgia. 

12:37 p.m. | Emergency Management reports thunderstorm damage and trees down in Walton County along Ike Stone Road.

12:30 p.m. | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Barrow and Oglethorpe counties until 1 p.m.  

12:15 p.m. | The shelter-in-place order for all Atlanta Public Schools has been lifted. All schools have returned to their regular activities.

12:15 p.m. | Emergency management reports thunderstorm wind damage with numerous trees down and damage to one home in Barrow County near Old Peppers and Jackson Trail roads. 

12:10 p.m. | Douglas County Firefighters tell us they had to extricate one person from a vehicle after a tree and power lines fell on it. They did not provide information on the condition of the driver 

12:05 p.m. | Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom has shared images on Twitter of tree damage around the city. "Not sure if this was a direct hit, but several neighbors have said it sounded like a freight train coming through," she said.

12 p.m. | A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Walton, Barrow, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties until 12:30 p.m. 

11:45 a.m. | National Weather Service extends Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 12:15 p.m. 

11:35 a.m. | Atlanta Fire is reporting several trees down along Cascade Road. 

11:30 a.m. | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for DeKalb, Gwinnett until Noon.

11:10 a.m. | A tree is down on Campbellton Street at the Post Office and the roadway is completely blocked, according to the Douglasville Police Department. Authorities said it's best to avoid that area and use caution due to the thunderstorms and lightning in the area. 

11:00 a.m. | A spokesperson for Atlanta Public Schools (APS) said schools are currently sheltering in place. They plan to provide an update when the shelter in place has been lifted.

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What is a Tornado Watch?

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornado development. People located in and around the watch area should keep an eye toward the sky and listen to their NOAA weather radio or tune to 11Alive for further weather information. The watch is intended to give you time to prepare and review your safety rules.

What is a Tornado Warning?

A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been detected by the National Weather Service Doppler radar or a reliable report of a tornado has been reported from the field. A tornado warning is usually issued for portions of one or two counties for an hour or less. The storm could also produce large hail and destructive straight-line winds. If the tornado warning includes your neighborhood or workplace, you should seek safe shelter immediately.

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