ATLANTA – At least one confirmed tornado and several tornado-warned storms passed through several metropolitan areas on Friday night, leaving some damage and some people with minor injuries.
Glenn Burns, chief meteorologist for Severe Weather Team 2, said that these storms popped up without warning.
A Channel 2 Action News viewer reported that the storm overturned cars near a Chick-fil-A, and a woman may have been stuck on power lines in a car. Minor injuries were reported there.
The Veterans Memorial Middle School gym was also damaged. Newton County school officials said no one was in the gym when the storm hit. They reported no structural damage to the building and said they will be cleaned up by the time students return to class on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that the Newton County storm was a tornado but will be on Saturday morning assess the damage to determine the strength of the storm.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office reported a possible tornado landing near Temple. They reported the majority of the damage on Cown Road, Old Villa Rica Road, New Brooklyn Church Road, Miller Agan Road, and Long Branch Road.
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No casualties were reported in the area, but several homes were damaged. MPs said Cown Road will be closed until further notice and the National Weather Service will come out Saturday morning to see if there was an actual tornado.
Channel 2 Action News viewers clearly shared photos of themselves rotating funnel clouds in Covington and Villa Rica.
Damage in Newton County. Cars rolled over in the Chick-fil-A parking lot on Salem Bridge Road. @ajc @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/mBF795YSpa
Rotation is also evident between Ranger and Fairmount in east Gordon County – when moving to Pickens. Take tornado precautions if you live in East Gordon / West Pickens now. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/iEKCF7ThSS
The storms come at the end of a storm system that brought at least one tornado to Hall County early Thursday morning. Most of the storms had subsided by Friday, but scattered thunderstorms remained in some areas.
Glenn Burns, chief meteorologist for Severe Weather Team 2, said some areas of northwest Georgia had a 3 out of 5 while others had a rating below one Level 2 and 1 risk.
The new storm system comes after a series of severe storms and at least one confirmed tornado caused damage Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
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