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Intense storms cause problems around metro area

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Skip Beaubien sent this picture from Buckhead Triangle on June 28, 2013. Skip Beaubien sent this picture from Buckhead Triangle on June 28, 2013.
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -

Strong winds and rain brought down trees across the metro area on Friday.

More than 21,000 customers lost power as the storms swept through the area. As of 9:30 p.m., Georgia Power said that about 5,200 of its customers were without electricity. Most of those were in Clayton, Cobb, Gwinnett and Hall Counties.

The Georgia Electric Membership Corporation says that about 2,500 EMC customers were without power. All those outages are focused with EMCs in their metro Atlanta area.

Most power is expected to be back on by midnight barring another round of storms.

A tree fell on a vehicle on Tara Blvd and Polston Road in Clayton County just after 4 p.m.  Crews worked to free the vehicle as a strong storm moved into the area.

COBB COUNTY

Over in Cobb County, downed trees knocked out power to some neighbors.

A portion of a car wash collapsed on two vehicles in Smyrna when the storm rolled through. There were no injuries, but the vehicles suffered some damage.

"My window and roof is all smashed in. Just a rough break," said Jacob Ogden.

Ogden said he was just back from deployment in Kuwait and was headed to Florida for a vacation with his wife this weekend when he stopped in for a car wash.

Another tree fell on Atlanta Road, knocking out power lines and leaving several neighborhoods in the dark.

Haylee Love Benson, a resident in Smyrna's Vinings Pointe subdivision, said the storm sounded like "a mini-explosion."

"It came really, really, really quick. We were all surprised," Benson said.

A tree in Benson's backyard crashed down, wiped out her fence and sliced through her neighbor's back porch and kitchen.

"I was really worried about the next door neighbors because it's an old couple that lives there. I was pretty scared for them," Benson said.

The neighbors weren't physically injured, just shaken by the surprise.

At least three other trees on Calderwood Court fell during the intense storm.

There were no reports of any injuries in Cobb County.

Crews worked to restore power to customers late Friday.

GWINNETT COUNTY


Neighbors northeast of Atlanta were also left with a mess to clean up after the short but intense thunderstorms.

The Gwinnett County Fire Department reported numbers incidents of trees and wires down.

A giant tree was torn from the ground -- roots and all. It landed on Theo Walker's Old Tucker Road house.

"A big tree fell on my home. I was at work got a text from a friend who happened to drive by…so I rushed home and this is what I came home to," Walker said. "So now we're just trying to find out how to get everything fixed. Just thankfully nobody got; nobody was home at the time."

Just up the road in Stone Mountain, multiple trees came down in one small neighborhood.

A tree smashed down on one home. Right next door, another tree fell across several cars.

Walker said he'd been concerned about falling trees and had recently had $2,000 worth of work done in his backyard. Unfortunately, it was a healthy tree that fell from his neighbor's yard onto his home on Friday.

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