Cleanup Continues After Severe Thunderstorms North of Atlanta

Downed Trees and Power Lines Close Roads; Thousands Still Without Power

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Cleanup Continues After Severe Thunderstorms North of Atlanta
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Large diameter trees downed by 80 mile per hour winds on June 13

ATLANTA -- Severe thunderstorms and hail, with National Weather Service estimating up to 80 mph wind, passed through the Atlanta area to the north and east on Thursday night.

Downed trees and power lines continue to block roads, and re-routed traffic caused heavy delays throughout the Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Norcross areas north of I-285.

Power crews were highly visible along major roads as they sought to clear lines, repair traffic lights, and restore power to an estimated 65,000 people on Friday morning, according to the Associated Press.

Large trees of up to four feet in diameter block roads, although most major arteries have been cleared in the affected areas. Business signs and fencing experienced damage, with several large store signs shattered along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard from the force of the wind and flying debris.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, many of the stores along 141 have re-opened. Many area businesses are operating on a cash-only basis, as their phone lines to credit processors are out.

Drivers should be careful and aware of potential hazards such as downed power lines or debris in the road. Never approach a downed power line. Instead, call 911 to report the line and stay clear. Give working crews plenty of room, and allow extra time for travel as some routes are closed. Remember, a traffic light without power should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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