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Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta
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Deadly storms spare Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Metro Atlantans spent part of the weekend without power after severe thunderstorms pounded portions of North Georgia Friday. This same system has claimed at least 44 lives moving across the Southeast.

The storms weakened as they crossed into the Peach State and did less damage than the storms that slammed Metro Atlanta two weeks ago, but they still knocked down trees and power lines across the region.

About 1,800 Georgia Power customers were still without power Sunday morning in the Rome and Cedartown areas, which were hardest hit by the storms. Georgia Power said restorations were expected by 1 p.m. Georgia EMC reported no outages.

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In Smyrna, trees were reported down on Cumberland Parkway. In other areas of east Cobb County trees were reported down near Powers Ferry Road and the Chattahoochee River. Sandy Springs also had a few trees down as well as reports of a home collapse.

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Douglas County officials reported damage to a historic building in Downtown Douglasville near Bankhead Highway and Broad Street; no one was hurt. Numerous trees came down across the county.

In Floyd and Bartow counties, many trees were reported down, with the majority again in the Rome area.

Friday night's storms forced the postponement of Friday night's Mets-Braves game at Turner Field. The game was made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

While no serious injuries were reported in Metro Atlanta, the storm has spawned deadly tornadoes and flash flooding in several other states.

In Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, a child died after being swept away in a flash flood on Saturday according to the National Weather Service. Three people were killed after tornadoes ravaged several mobile homes near Raleigh, N.C. Dozens of homes were damaged and a number of residents were hurt when tornadoes touched down at Camp Lejeune.

The system began in the Midwest on Thursday before sweeping southeast then up the East Coast. Storm chasers in Mississippi were able to capture images of one of several tornadoes that slammed that city Friday afternoon.

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