Posted: Thursday, September 4th 2014 at 6:50am
Storms spark fires, down trees and power lines across state
ATLANTA (AP) Thunderstorms spawned intense lightning and powerful winds across Georgia, sparking house fires in north Georgia and metro Atlanta and toppling trees and power lines in several counties.
Heavy rains Thursday also flooded several lanes of Interstate 20 in Atlanta, leading to traffic jams during the evening rush hour.
There were several reports to the National Weather Service of trees and power lines down. Emergency managers and police told the weather service that trees were blown down in Fulton, Forsyth, Hall, Cherokee, Bibb, Houston and Wilkinson counties.
Emergency responders in both Gainesville and Hall County reported traffic accidents, resulting from the storms, but no significant injuries.
Lightning strikes sparked minor house fires in Hall, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, according to fire officials in all of those counties.
In Bonaire, south of Macon, law officers reported that a tree and live power lines fell onto a vehicle, trapping the occupant after 6 p.m. Thursday. No serious injuries were reported.
Northeast of Dublin, high winds blew a mobile home off its cinder blocks and damaged several buildings.
AccessNorthGA.com staff contributed to this report.
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