Atlanta Severe Storms Claim Three Lives

By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
May 29, 2011, 7:19:48 AM EDT

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"Numerous reports of damage were received by authorities throughout northern Georgia..."

At least three people are dead in the wake of strong storms that swept through the Atlanta metropolitan area Thursday evening.

Numerous reports of damage were received by authorities throughout northern Georgia as wind gusts topped 50 to 60 mph from thunderstorms. Trees downed by the strong winds proved deadly.

Two women were killed in northwestern Atlanta when a tree toppled onto a convertible, which was driving through a residential forest at the time.

The death of a 19-year-old man in Mableton, Ga., was reported a short time later. Authorities say the resident was clearing debris from the driveway of a relative when he was struck by a tree.

Numerous homes were damaged by falling trees, in addition to a UPS truck, which caught fire when it was struck by a tree.

The storms resulted in numerous power outages. Georgia Power reported that more than 216,000 residents were without power statewide at the peak of the storms, 182,000 alone in metro Atlanta.

Departing flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were delayed for more than two hours late Thursday.

While an isolated thunderstorm cannot be ruled out, generally dry conditions can be expected across much of northern Georgia today. Meanwhile, the threat for severe weather will remain confined to the Northeastern states.

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