ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power officials say severe thunderstorms that rolled through late Thursday left more than 160,000 customers without power statewide.
The storms dumped heavy rain and lit up the night sky with lightning Thursday evening and some scattered storms lingered into the early hours Friday.
There were multiple reports of downed trees throughout north Georgia. Georgia Power officials said at least 162,000 customers lost power.
National Weather Service forecasters say falling trees left two people with non-life threatening injuries in Canton, and the agency would likely send officials to Cherokee County Friday to determine if a tornado touched down there.
Georgia Power said emergency crews were dispatched immediately after storms passed through.
Meteorologists had been warning of a threat of damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain Thursday as a cold front marched across the state after days with temperatures in the 90s. The storms were part of a vast frontal system that sprang out of the Midwest and pummeled several Mid-Atlantic and Southern states on Thursday.
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