The National Weather Service said an EF1 tornado touched down two miles west-southwest of Riverdale and stayed on the ground for about one minute just after 6 a.m. Monday.

The tornado was embedded in a strong line of storms that moved through metro Atlanta, but no tornado warning was issued due to the tornado lasting such a short amount of time. The NWS said the damage path from the tornado started near Bethsaida Road near the intersection with Lakefield Forrest Drive and continued southeast as it crossed West Fayetteville Road.

The twister snapped several trees including knocking several onto homes along Bethaven Road and Zebulon Court. The tornado continued along Bethaven Road before it lifted back into the air before hitting the intersection of Bethaven and Monarch Drive.

One person died in Riverdale in Clayton County when a tree fell down due to straight line winds, but it was not related to the tornado that touched down in the area.

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