According to Robert Quigley with Cobb County government, nearly a dozen crews from the fire department, parks and recreation and Cobb DOT worked through east Cobb late Thursday night and into Friday, cleaning up debris and clearing trees so that Cobb EMC and Georgia Power personnel could come in and repair downed power lines and poles.
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City determined Friday afternoon that the damage in Cobb was caused by an EF-1 tornado.
An EF-1 tornado is described by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as having strong winds between 73 and 112 miles per hour.
The tornado swept through northeast Cobb, causing havoc at around 7:45 p.m. but the storm continued, bringing hail damage, lightning strikes and heavy rain between 7 and 10 p.m.
The area’s most-affected subdivisions are along Johnson Ferry Road, specifically between Sewell Mill and Lower Roswell roads.
Quigley said Bishop Lake and Country Squire roads, in the areas just north of Roswell Road and east of Johnson Ferry Road, were probably hit the hardest.
There were dozens of trees down — some on homes — and power lines and power poles are scattered across the road.
No one was injured in any of the homes but there were about five homes that sustained major damage, including two houses that were split in half by fallen trees.
Between 7 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Quigley said the county 911 dispatchers received almost 1,000 calls for help.
Cobb city and county police departments worked non-stop throughout the county Thursday night and Friday to help close roads and set up barricades for damaged areas.
Officer Mike Bowman with Cobb Police said some of the road closures and barricades they set up were along Hembree Road, Oak Lane, Allgood Road, Woodlawn Drive, Atlanta Country Club Drive, Talley Green Drive and Morgan Road near Sandy Plains Road.
Marietta Police Officer Dave Baldwin said everything was back to normal for city residents late Thursday night and he wasn’t aware of any closed roads in the city limits Friday.
Kennesaw State University canceled most classes Friday because of power outages, but there were not any injuries reported there or in the city of Kennesaw. Even the university’s website was down Friday morning.
Spokeswoman Tammy DeMel said classes will resume today and all events and continuing education classes will also resume on schedule.
Officer Scott Luther with Kennesaw Police said there was minimal damage to homes and vehicles from fallen tree limbs and residents were out Friday cleaning up their yards.
Mark Justice with Cobb EMC said they had 26,000 members without power at the height of the storm Thursday night.
On Friday afternoon they still had 3,800 customers without power, and the bulk of the outages were caused by broken power poles.
“Many of these are joint-use poles, meaning we work alongside other electric companies, like Georgia Power, to restore service to our members and their customers,” he said. “This requires us to work in stages making these repairs more labor intensive.”
He also confirmed that east Cobb was the hardest hit area in their service territory and around 4 p.m. Friday, they had 59 crews working to restore power quickly and safely to customers.
No injuries have been reported by utility companies or residents despite several reports of live wires down.
If residents do have downed trees that need to be removed from public roads, they should call( 770) 528-3666.
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