Irma leaves trail of devastation in Metro Atlanta - CBS46 News

Irma leaves trail of devastation in Metro Atlanta

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Monster storm Irma showed no mercy in Metro Atlanta on Monday, with strong winds felling trees in dozens of neighborhoods.

It also resulted in another tragedy. Gwinnett County was like other areas of the Atlanta metro area; downed trees and power lines. In several cases, the downed trees became dangerous and even deadly.

Irma’s winds were so powerful on Monday, it ripped trees from their roots. Three people have been killed across the state, including one woman who was crushed by tree which toppled over onto her car in Cumming. One neighbor said Nancy Eason drove to the home on Shadburn Road to check on her sister when the tree came down and crushed her car, killing her.

A 62-year-old man has died in Sandy Springs after a tree fell on his home.The incident occurred on Hardeman Road NE. A third person was killed in Worth County, near Albany. A sheriff's spokesperson says a 62 year-old man used a ladder to climb onto a shed at his house on Monday. His wife called 911, saying he suffered a heart attack. First responders found his body on the roof, covered in debris.

(Damage photos across metro Atlanta)

About 40 miles south, another tree trapped an elderly woman in her Snellville home.

Gwinnett Fire officials said she was blocked by damage and debris. Rescue crews finally found her in the living room. Crews said she was hurt, but her injuries were not life-threatening.

Whipping winds pushed several trees into power lines, causing devastation in areas like West Midtown, Piedmont Avenue, Buford Highway and Lavista Road. Most of the roads were blocked off and many neighborhoods were without power for hours.

(Latest power outage numbers from Georgia Power)

There is no telling how long people may be in the dark because Georgia Power isn’t sending crews out right now because of unsafe conditions. 

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