The county was under a tornado warning for about half an hour until 3 p.m., and the rain continued into the evening.
Cobb County Fire Department responded to many calls about fires caused by lightning, but Daniel Dupree, a Cobb fire department spokesman, said there were no significant injuries caused by the storms.
Six Cobb County fire trucks and Kennesaw police were at the scene of a roof fire in one unit in Mountain Park Estates Apartments in Kennesaw at 3 p.m.
No one was injured, and firefighters were able to put out the fire in about 20 minutes, said Officer Scott Luther, spokesman for the Kennesaw police.
Austin Schriner, a student at Southern Polytechnic State University, said he was alone in his apartment when he heard neighbors yelling “Hey, you’re on fire.”
When he looked up, he could see the result of the lightning strike he had just heard — a fire on the roof of his apartment, which is on the top floor of a three-floor building.
“I could see the fire through the A/C vent in my ceiling,” Schriner said.
Schriner said he left before he could see flames on the floor, but after firefighters were done, there was a hole in the roof and water dripping from the porch railing.
“My laptop is screwed. The whole thing is probably flooded,” Schriner said as he watched firefighters spray gallons of water at his ceiling. “Everything we had was sitting on that carpet in there. It’s going to be soaked.”
Schriner lives with two other SPSU students in the apartment, which is on Old 41 Highway near Cobb Parkway.
Jacob Martinez said he was in another part of the complex when the lightning struck.
“I saw it hit,” Martinez said.
Chris Green, the third roommate, said he was at work at Subway in Kennesaw when his roommates called to tell him about the fire.
“I’m terrified,” Green said as he watched firefighters continue to hose down the building.
The three said they had plans to stay at Schriner’s dad’s house in Roswell for the night, and they don’t know when they’ll be able to get back in their apartment.
Mandy Butler, who lives two floors below the three students, said she tried to pull the fire alarm when she smelled smoke, but it didn’t work. No alarms sounded, she said.
“I was running in from my car to get inside because of the tornado warning, and I saw the smoke,” Butler said.
Cobb County firefighters also responded to a house on Silver Mist Circle off of Wendy Bagwell Parkway in Powder Springs at 2 p.m., where seven men were struck by lightning while taking shelter inside a home, Dupree said.
The seven construction workers, who were taking a break from work inside a home they were working on, are conscious and alert now, Dupree said. Their injuries were not life-threatening, Dupree said.
Cobb firefighters also responded to a garage fire in a home on Bretdale Run Northwest, off of Acworth Due West Road, at about 2:15 p.m. Dupree said no one was injured in the fire, and it was under control in 15 minutes.
Some Cobb school buses were delayed in delivering children home after school Friday, said Jay Dillon, the district’s spokesman. All buses had left by 3:30 p.m., he said, and every student made it home safely.
Marietta City School buses were all delayed 30 minutes, and each student made it home safely, said Sommer Delgado, the district’s spokeswoman.