By John Ruch and Collin Kelley
A tornado reportedly touched down in Cobb County and northwest Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon triggering warnings in Buckhead. Social media reports showed trees down around the area, including Habersham Drive. Georgia Power reported more than 4,000 without electricity in Fulton County in the aftermath of the storms.
Tornado warning sirens sounded following a report around 1:40 p.m. of a funnel touchdown and damage near the Six Flags amusement park. Shortly afterward, the National Weather Service and various meteorologists reported apparent debris in the air around Cobb’s Vinings area and the Riverside area of Buckhead. Radar images then showed a possible tornado passing over the areas of Buckhead and Brookhaven, though it was not clear whether any funnel touched the ground.
Brian Moote, a comedian and radio host, tweeted a short video, which he said was shot by a friend, appearing to show small debris swirling in the air, but no funnel cloud, in the Buckhead Forest area between Roswell Road and Matheison Drive.
The Lovett School, which meteorologists said was near the reported tornado, saw no damage, according to school spokesperson Courtney Fowler.
“We did get a significant amount of rain, but there has been no damage to the campus (nor did we see any funnel or high winds),” said Fowler in an email. Everyone on campus took shelter and stayed safe, she said.
The DeKalb and Fulton school systems delayed dismissals during the storm threat.