The man died west of Atlanta, in Douglasville, Georgia. According to a news release from county officials, the Douglas County Fire Department responded to reports of a tree on a vehicle with an individual inside around 10:36 a.m. The Atlanta tornado caused severe weather conditions and damage.
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In the statement, Douglas County communications director Rick Martin said, “When they arrived on the scene, they found the driver trapped inside the car with power lines and a tree on the vehicle.” “Firefighters had to extricate the driver, who we are only naming as a man before next of kin is notified.”
According to the National Weather Service in Atlanta, a tornado warning was released about 10:30 a.m. and lasted until 11:15 a.m. ET, with around 450,000 people in its possible path. According to the National Weather Service, an EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds was reported in Douglas County. The tornado was 250 yards wide and lasted a mile and a half on the field.
Early Monday afternoon, the extent of storm damage in the region was unknown. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms shared images of fallen trees in her southwest Atlanta neighborhood, while Dru Ghegan, the owner of Bonded Service Warehouse in Fulton County, shared photos of the building’s destruction.
For east-central Georgia, central South Carolina, and south-central North Carolina, a tornado warning is in place until 7 p.m. EDT. This includes North Carolina’s Charlotte and Rockingham, South Carolina’s Columbia and Greenwood, and Georgia’s Augusta. According to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward, multiple thunderstorm warnings are in effect for central Georgia, most of Alabama, and eastern Mississippi, and will last until 9 p.m. ET.
Further expected threats of Atlanta tornado
According to the Storm Prediction Center, tornadoes are likely with thunderstorms, as well as large hail up to the size of a quarter and isolated wind gusts up to 70 mph. The warnings came a day after tornadoes wreaked havoc on at least three Mississippi towns, destroying homes and knocking out electricity.
The same system that spawned tornadoes over the weekend is still moving through the Southeast, posing a danger of severe storms. In addition, a new system is forming over the Plains, which will cause a separate outbreak of extreme weather into the overnight hours.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for central Illinois and east central Missouri, including St Louis. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Eastern New Mexico and West Texas until 9 p.m. CT (10 p.m. ET). A new Atlanta tornado warning has also been released for southeast Oklahoma and north central Texas, which includes Dallas. This alert will last until 11 p.m. CT.
Tornadoes are predicted to struck southern Plains and, Ohio River Valley
According to the Storm Prediction Center, the greatest chance for severe weather will be from Texas to Kentucky through Monday night, with a level 3 out of 5 enhanced risks. This includes the Texas cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, as well as the Arkansas cities of Fort Smith and Fayetteville, and the Kentucky city of Paducah. However, the Atlanta tornado has caused excessive damage already and yet more is expected.