More than 28,000 Georgia Power customers lost service in the storm, which discharged up to six inches of rain over parts of the Atlanta metropolitan region. The areas around Macon and Americus absorbed 8 inches. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning that has covered almost the entire state.
Midday found residents of Atlanta’s Northcrest neighborhood inspecting suddenly horizontal trees and dealing with the next power outage.
“It’s pretty convenient for today that I don’t work,” said Mark Purvis, who had just returned home from vacation.
“You have to read a book now,” Mark Davis mused, reflecting on an intermission with no wireless access.
Fallen trees, downed power lines, and bridge closures kept authorities busy all day in Dacula, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Roswell and Sandy Springs.
Early Thursday morning in Tucker, a tree fell on Danny Britt’s property off Brymond Drive. He and his neighbors have lost power.
“I just pulled over 10 minutes ago and saw it,” he said of the tree, his voice exasperated. “I don’t think we’re very popular here in this neighborhood right now.”
Almost all of Georgia’s major highways have experienced traffic problems. At one point, an accident blocked all eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 at Ga.142 in Newton County. The storm forced authorities to close Ga. 54 on the ramp to Interstate 285 in Fulton County.
In Sandy Springs, floods forced officials to close the Windsor Parkway Bridge. Buice Road was closed where it crosses Johns Creek as authorities cleaned up a fallen tree and power lines.
Cobb County has closed four of its parks due to high water. The storm also closed COVID-19 testing sites in DeKalb on Thursday, pushing appointments to Friday.
A massive oak tree fell at Cheek-Spruill’s historic Dunwoody home, crushing two vehicles and knocking down power lines. Nobody was hurt. Another huge tree fell on top of a car near Henderson Mill Road on the edge of Tucker. Authorities have closed off part of the road, preventing Elizabeth John from taking a taxi home.
“Please, if you drive in the rain … be careful,” he pleaded. “Your life is very important.”
AJC staff writers Shaddi Abusaid, Zachary Hansen and David Wickert contributed to this report.