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Thunderstorms roar through metro area

6:44 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Late Wednesday afternoon, a line of storms roared through the area residents people without electricity, homes damaged and many commuters stuck in nightmarish traffic. 

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City officials reported assorted damage around Atlanta due to the thunderstorms and residual flooding. Homes were damaged by fallen trees on Beecher Street, Cascade Avenue and Oglethorpe Avenue in southwest Atlanta and trees blocked roadways on Donnelly Avenue and Hartford Avenue. 

Other residents reported loss of power due to downed power lines, like Fraser Street in southwest Atlanta. Areas without physical damage, also, lost power like Buckhead and parts of DeKalb County.

Residents in the historic Olde Town Conyers neighborhood were rerouted due to flooding and "significant" storm damage. City officials reported downed trees and power lines.  

In addition, Union City retirement community "Hill Top Acres" on Lester Road was hit by lightning and caught on fire. The fire was contained quickly and no injuries were reported, on the scene. 

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And a home in Waleska was destroyed by a fire that was started by a lightening strike. The fire happened near the 900 block of Land Road; flames completely engulfed the home. The owners of the home were out shopping at the time of the incident. No injures were reported. 

Travelers departing from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, also, experienced delays, up to 90 minutes long, due to the passing thunderstorms. According to the Associated Press, about 20 flights were also cancelled. 

Despite the reported damage, no injuries have been reported at this time. And only about 13,000 in the state experienced Georgia Power service interruptions. Most of the outages affected the metro Atlanta area.

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