More than 200,000 Georgia Power customers statewide are without power early Thursday night because of fast moving storms that ripped through the area.
The storms have knocked out power to nearly 25,000 metro Atlantans and are to blame for the two-and-a-half hour delays for flights leaving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Most of metro Atlanta remains under a severe thunderstorm watch Thursday night.
Clayton, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett and Henry were among the counties included on the watch issued by the National Weather Service.Georgia Power has sent crews out to try and restore power. People should call 888-891-0938 to report an outage.
In the mountains, a tornado warning was posted at 4:55 p.m. for Union County after National Weather Service radar indicated a severe storm capable of producing a tornado headed toward Blairsville and Vogel State Park.
Several counties northwest of Atlanta were also under severe storm warnings, as storms dumped hail ranging from golf ball-sized to the size of softballs, the Weather Service reported. Windshields were damaged by large hail in Fannin County, the Weather Service said.
The storms were causing delays of more than two hours for departing flights at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Inbound flights are delayed about 45 minutes. Those delays may increase.
A fallen tree limb temporarily halted a southbound MARTA train just before the Arts Center station. The tree limb has been removed, and the train is moving again, a MARTA spokesman said.
A severe thunderstorm watch posted for the northwestern suburbs has been expanded to include all of metro Atlanta and extended through 11 p.m. Thursday.
Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said the Storm Prediction Center has put much of north Georgia, including metro Atlanta, under a "slight" risk for severe storms, mainly between 5 and 11 p.m.
"We're looking at a primary threat of damaging winds and hail," Minton said, adding that an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
The storms are expected to continue Thursday night and into early Friday. Minton put the chance of rain at 50 percent on Thursday and 40 percent early in the day on Friday.
Once the storms clear out early Friday, sunny skies are forecast through Memorial Day weekend. Highs will be in the 80s through Monday, with overnight lows in the 60s.