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Strong winds bring down trees in metro Atlanta


ATLANTA – Strong winds brought down trees and knocked out power to some homes in the metro Atlanta area on Tuesday.

In Marietta, a tree crashed onto a home on Sugar Creek Drive, trapping two women. It took first-responders 45 minutes to get the tree off of the women. One woman was airlifted to a hospital, while the other was taken away by ambulance, police said.

Marietta Street in Atlanta was blocked between Spring Street and Fairlie Street due to broken glass in the roadway, the Atlanta Police Department tweeted.

One tree brought down power lines on Bolton Road in northwest Atlanta, causing a grass fire.

Another tree fell on Spring Avenue and crushed an Acura MDX.

Morgan Co. officials unveil community tornado shelters


MORGAN COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – Three years ago this month, a tornado damaged a mobile home in Morgan County. Now, officials there have come up with a way to protect their citizens.

On Tuesday, officials cut a ribbon on two new tornado shelters that were paid for with a FEMA grant.

The shelters are made of a quarter-inch of steel and are bolted and welded onto a concrete pad. They weigh 300,000 pounds and can hold 200 people.

The shelters are the first of their kind in the state of Georgia.

Tuesday Atlanta Weather Outlook

We will see a few more clouds mixing in with the sun during the day on Tuesday.  More of those clouds will move in during the late afternoon hours and evening hours.

Rain will spread in during the overnight hours Tuesday into Wednesday.  We have moisture pushing in from the southwest that will give us the first batch of rain.  Another batch of rain will move in during the afternoon Wednesday along with the cold front.  The moisture moves out Wednesday night and some cold air returns.  

There may even be some brief flurries Wednesday night only in the mountains.  Temperatures drop to below freezing Wednesday morning.  We'll only get up to 51 Wednesday afternoon.  We move back to freezing on Thursday morning.  By Thursday afternoon, we get back to the low 60s.  Our highs will hold in the 60s through the weekend with another slight chance for some showers Saturday afternoon. 

Atlanta Weather | Record Breaking Winter Salt

Atlanta Weather | Record Breaking Winter Salt

Winter, at least feels like it is coming to an end, but not before causing some major disruptions in the southern parts of the country, and setting record-breaking expenses for the Midwest and Northeast.

The snowy and bitter cold winter has broken seasonal maintenance expenditure records in many spots like Ohio, where they used a record breaking million tons of salts. 630,000 tons are stocked annually for an average winter in Ohio, but this year an additional 510,000 tons were use.

Even here in Atlanta, and other cities in the southeast, had to spend extra funds on salt and sand for the roads. While Northern states budget for winter weather, places like South Carolina does not, because expenses vary from year to year. Here’s a breakdown of how South Carolina had to treat their roads:

Atlanta Weather | Sunday Night Forecast

Mostly clear skies tonight with overnight low temperatures in the mid 40s and light winds.

Other than some patchy morning fog, very sunny Monday with even warmer high temperatures in the low 70s. Winds pick up slightly from the West around 10mph, gusting up to 20mph.

Monday night will be mostly clear with low temperatures in the upper 40s. Patchy fog, mainly after 3am. 

Tuesday will be even warmer with highs nearing the mid 70s, but we will go from mostly sunny in the morning to mostly cloudy in the late afternoon. 

Rain returns late Tuesday night and carries into Wednesday. High temperatures fall back after the front moves through Wednesday.

Atlanta Weather | Sunday Forecast

High temperatures remain well above normal in the upper 60s. We will have a mix of sun and clouds as a weak front moves through, and a little breezy at times from the NW around 10mph, gusting up to 15mph.

Sunday night will be partly cloudy with overnight low temperatures in the mid 40s with light winds.

Mostly sunny for Monday with even warmer high temperatures in the low 70s.

Atlanta Weather | Saturday Forecast

Patchy fog early today becoming mostly sunny. High temperatures will be in the upper 60s. Breezy from the West around 5-10mph, gusting up to 15mph.

Partly cloudy skies tonight with overnight low temperatures in the mid 40s. Light West winds.

Partly cloudy Sunday with high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. Winds from the NW around 5-10mph, gusting up to 15mph.

Temperatures continue to warm into the low 70s for the early portion of next week.