ATLANTA (AP/WAOK)-Severe weather and flash flooding in Atlanta and McDonough caused a nightmare rush hour Tuesday evening. One person was injured several cars were flooded and eight semi-trailers were overturned by the wind at a Briggs & Stratton plant. Heavy rains closed some lanes of Interstate 75/85 on the downtown connector. Flooding was also reported at the intersection of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Humphries Street in southwest Atlanta, police said.
According to the AJC, in Duluth, crews extinguished a fire at a home in the 2100 block of Broadfield Run, fire Lt. Colin S. Rhoden said. A lightning strike was observed before the smoke and fire appeared on the upper level of the home, the caller told authorities. The homeowners arrived as crews battled the evening blaze, Rhoden said. No injuries were reported.
In Sandy Springs, a backed-up drain apparently caused a hole in the asphalt at 6600 Roswell Road at the Abernathy Road intersection, according to Capt. Steve Rose with Sandy Springs police. A right lane of northbound traffic on Roswell Road was closed, and it was not known how long it would take to get repaired, Rose said. Also in Sandy Springs, a tree fell on a woman’s car, slightly injuring her, Rose said.
McDonough Police spokeswoman Sabrina Puckett said high winds overturned or damaged the eight semi-trailers at the Briggs & Stratton plant on U.S. 42. One person was trapped and had to be freed. She said the victim’s injuries were not life threatening.
She said Henry County firefighters were busy responding to at least 10 lightning strikes, some of which caused fires that were quickly extinguished.
The winds also downed trees and utility lines in the Metro area.
The weather in Atlanta delayed travelers headed in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to the FAA. Flights into Atlanta were being delayed at least an hour at 8:30 p.m., while departure delays averaged between 30 and 45 minutes.
Firefighters in Columbus said lightning apparently started a fire that gutted a house.