MARIETTA — Though damage was minimal in Cobb, the past two days’ storms brought an average of 2 to 4 inches of rain and temporarily closed flooded and tree-obstructed streets, according to forecasters and county reports.
Rain amounts in local areas could easily have surpassed the 4-inch mark, since rainfall can vary so widely across the county, said Nick Morgan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Between Monday and Tuesday, Cobb County reported around 40-50 trees down, some temporarily blocking roads, according to county spokesman Ross Cavitt.
Cavitt said one of the more disruptive road closures came Tuesday, when a tree blocked Circle 75 Pkwy between Herodian Way and Windy Hill Road in Cumberland from about 2:10 p.m. to just before 4 p.m.
On Tuesday evening, Cavitt said crews were still dealing with about a half dozen downed trees around the county.
Flooding also temporarily closed several roads over the course of the two days of storms, but few remained closed for long, Cavitt said. Flooding of Old Stilesboro Road near the Allatoona Creek forced its closure Monday, and that closure carried over to Tuesday morning. By Tuesday evening, Old Stilesboro had reopened.
And while impacts were mild in Cobb County, they were deadly nearby.
An EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds was confirmed in Douglas County and killed one person on Monday. High winds also damaged buildings in south Fulton County. Though thousands across metro Atlanta were without power in periods during the severe weather, electric customers in Cobb tended to fair well.
The storms were part of larger bands across the Southeast that has left tens of thousands without power, according to AccuWeather reports. The hardest hit states included Mississippi and Alabama.
Electric providers in Cobb reported minimal outages, with Cobb EMC outage reports briefly affecting between 400 and 500 customers at their peak, for example.
Cavitt said residents can call 911 to report flooding, trees blocking roads, trees on power lines or trees that have hit homes or vehicles. Residents can also use the See Click Fix app to report issues. Those without the app and with less urgent calls can contact Cobb DOT at 770-528-1600.
As for later this week, Morgan said the metro Atlanta area including Cobb should see some relief from the storms beginning Wednesday — there’s a chance for showers, but there shouldn’t be any severe weather.
And things should start drying out on Thursday, as the sun peeks out again and the chance of rain falls to around 25%, according to forecasts.