Thunderstorms wreak havoc around metro Atlanta - CBS46 News

Thunderstorms wreak havoc around metro Atlanta

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Street flooding at Northside Drive NW and 14th Street NW Street flooding at Northside Drive NW and 14th Street NW
City crews clean up downed tree on Moores Mill Rd. at Ridgemore Rd. in NW Atlanta City crews clean up downed tree on Moores Mill Rd. at Ridgemore Rd. in NW Atlanta
Tree down blocking residents in Jonesboro neighborhood Tree down blocking residents in Jonesboro neighborhood
Lightning hits home, leaving family of four displaced in Gwinnett County. Lightning hits home, leaving family of four displaced in Gwinnett County.
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Scattered thunderstorms sparked house fires, brought down power lines and dumped rain across metro Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

A Suwanee family was shaken up as flames burned their home on Deville Circle NE at about 4:20 p.m. The family of four was asleep when a red alert warning on their cell phones awoke them. Gwinnett County Fire told CBS Atlanta that right about the time the alarm went off,  lightning struck the roof of their home.

Fire crews arrived to find intense heat and deteriorating conditions. The roof collapsed, and the home is a total loss.

The family was able to grab some photographs from their home with the help of Gwinnett County firefighters. They will stay with relatives until their home is repaired.

Lightning caused a second house fire on Farmwood Drive in Lawrenceville. Fire investigators said it appears that lightning may have struck the house via the electrical service line which sparked a fire in the basement.

The fire then spread from the exterior wall to the second floor and attic, firefighters said. The basement was unfinished and was being used for storage of miscellaneous household goods and a gasoline can. The gas can may have provided additional fuel for the fire once it erupted, according to investigators.

In Clayton County, winds toppled a tree, blocking the only entrance to a neighborhood. The tree fell at Winchester Drive and Conkle Road in Jonesboro. A few homeowners drove their vehicles through a yard to go around the tree. Crews began clearing the tree at about 6:30 p.m.

Heavy rains also caused Atlanta police officers to block an area of road in Midtown because of street flooding. Water rose at the intersection of Northside Drive Northwest and 14th Street Northwest, making it hazardous for drivers.

And in Northwest Atlanta Monday morning, police blocked Moores Mill Road at Ridgemore Road so that Georgia Power crews could restring the power lines that came down when a huge tree fell.

According to a Georgia Power spokesman, 160 customers spent the night without electricity.

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