ATLANTA — Thunderstorms spawned intense lightning and powerful winds across Georgia, sparking house fires in suburban 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 at least a half-dozen counties across the state.
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.
In Paulding County, workers fuel out of the underground tanks at a Kroger gas station after a lightning strike buckled the pavement over the tank, WSB-TV reported.
In Gwinnett County, firefighters responded to several reports of lightning strikes, including one at a Duluth home where they battled a fire in wall and floor of the residence. Fire officials said they also responded to reports of lightning strikes at an apartment building in Duluth; two homes in Auburn and one in Buford.
No major injuries were reported in the fires.
The National Weather Service predicts a continuing chance of thunderstorms in Georgia into the weekend, with lightning and heavy rain the main concerns.
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