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A tree fell on Jett road at Mt. Parin in Sandy Springs on Thursday, June 13, 2013. (Photo by Mike McClain/myfoxatlanta) A tree fell on Jett road at Mt. Parin in Sandy Springs on Thursday, June 13, 2013. (Photo by Mike McClain/myfoxatlanta)
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North Georgia appeared to take the brunt of a line of severe thunderstorms on Thursday.

According to FOX 5 Storm Team chief meteorologist Ken Cook, the storms began to move into the north Georgia around 5 p.m. They began passing over the metro Atlanta area around 7:30 p.m.

By 10 p.m., Ken said that the storms had mostly moved south out of the area. However, numerous counties remained under a tornado watch until 1 a.m. CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CURRENT WATCHES/WARNINGS.

9:40 P.M. UPDATE: The Canton Police Department released a statement saying, "At approximately 8 pm Strong and severe storms passed through the Canton area.  The weather caused down trees, trees on houses, traffic lights out, and downed power lines.  It is reported that approximately 5,000 homes are without power in the Canton community. 

The Canton Police Department is working with Canton Fire, along with other Cherokee County agencies to access the situation and respond accordingly.  We are asking the community to avoid traveling on the roadways and to stay away from any downed power lines."

9:15 P.M. UPDATE: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Carroll, Coweta, Heard and Spalding counties until 9:45 p.m.

Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department issued a statement saying, "Like everyone else in the area, we have numerous trees and wires down. A number of residential areas have road blockage. Road crews are out but some areas will take time to clear. Police and Fire units are checking as much as they can however please advise viewers/listeners/readers to use extreme caution in curved roadways in the darkness as there may be trees and/or large branches blocking the roadways."

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Tim Cavender issued a statement saying, "A major storm moved through Cherokee County bringing heavy rains, severe lightning and strong winds.  The Cherokee County Emergency Operations Center reports that there have been reports of numerous trees and power lines down throughout the county.  Presently, approximately 4,600 are without power due to the storm.  There have been two non- life threating injuries in Cherokee County.  One of those occurred on Arthur Road in Holly Springs when a tree fell on a black SUV trapping the 58 year old driver.  Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded and cut the trees away from the vehicle to get the lady out of the car.  She appeared to have a bloody nose and was being check by EMTs and paramedics.  According to Cherokee County E911, dispatchers have received over 300 calls since the start of this evening storm.

Residents are urged to stay home, however, if you have to travel on the roads tonight, please use extreme caution."

9 P.M. UPDATE: According to Georgia Power, some 150,000 customers are without power. Of that, 145,000 are in the metro Atlanta area.

8:50 P.M. UPDATE: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 9:30 p.m. in Butts, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Coweta, Spalding counties.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CURRENT WATCHES/WARNINGS.

8:45 P.M. UPDATE: Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying, "A very strong line of heavy winds and lighting passed through Cherokee County approximately 1 hour ago. The Cherokee Sheriff's Office and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services have responded and continue to respond to numerous reports of trees down, trees on homes and power lines down. Power is out in several parts of Cherokee County.

"We are currently assessing the damage and will continue to access the damage into tomorrow. We would like to encourage citizens to please stay off the streets if possible and stay away from any downed power lines."

8:30 P.M. UPDATE: A severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 9:15 p.m. in southwestern Cobb, Douglas, northwestern Fayette, southwestern Fulton, Carroll, Haralson, southern Paulding, southern Polk, north central Coweta counties.

FOX 5 has received reports of hail in Monroe, Ga. There are also reports of trees down near Cherokee High School and other areas.

8:15 P.M. UPDATE: A severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 8:45 p.m. for Clayton, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, Henry, Newton and Rockdale counties. 

8:05 P.M. UPDATE: The tornado warning has expired, but a severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect in many areas.

7:50 P.M. UPDATE:  A Severe thunderstorm warning in effect in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett counties until 8:30 p.m. A tornado warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. in southern Cherokee, eastern Cobb and northeastern Fulton counties. 

7:35 P.M. UPDATE: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued in Cherokee, Cobb, Bartow, Floyd, Paulding and Polk counties until 8 p.m.

7:30 P.M. UPDATE: A tornado warning is in effect in Cherokee, Cobb and Fulton Counties until 8 p.m. Please seek shelter if you are in those areas. If you know folks in those areas, let them know!

7:25 P.M. UPDATE: A Severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 8 p.m. in Barrow, Gwinnett and Walton counties.

7 P.M. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect in Cherokee, Bartow, Floyd and Gordon counties until 7:30 p.m.

6:50 P.M. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued in Cherokee, Forsyth, Fulton, and Pickens counties until 7:30 p.m.

6:35 P.M. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning now in effect until 7:30 p.m. for Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin, Banks and White counties.

6:25 P.M. UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for Bartow, Cherokee, Gordon, and Pickens counties until 7 p.m. Expect quarter-size hail and 60mph winds, Ken Cook says.

6:15 P.M. UPDATE: A severe thunderstorm warning is now in effect for Rabun and Habersham counties until 7:00PM. Click here to view all current watches/warnings.

6:10 P.M. UPDATE: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Gilmer, Murray and Gordon counties is now in effect until 6:30 p.m.

6:05 P.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect until 6:15 p.m. in Fannin, Gilmer, Union and Towns counties.

6 P.M. UPDATE: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 6:30 p.m. for Lumpkin and White counties.

5:45 P.M. UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning now in effect in Gilmer, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield counties until 6:30pm. Expect quarter-sized hail and winds up to 60 mph.

5:40 P.M. UPDATE: Georgia Power told FOX 5 that about 1,000 customers in metro Atlanta and north Georgia are currently without power.

They say the largest block is in the Decatur area, with five separate incidents knocking 400 customers offline.

Another 300 customers are lacking electricity in other east metro portions.

Tucker has about 240 customers offline, while extreme northwest Georgia has 11 customers and northeast has 150.

Crews are working hard to get those customers back online ahead of the storm.

5:35 P.M. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 6:15 p.m. in the following counties: Rabun and Habersham.

5:20 P.M. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. in the following counties: Fannin, Union, Gilmer and Towns.

EARLIER UPDATE:

The following counties are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 p.m.: Banks, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield.

MORE INFO | CLICK HERE FOR A CURRENT LIST OF WATCHES/WARNINGS

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