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EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County
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EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County

ATLANTA -- At least one tornado, along with severe storms, ripped through parts of Metro Atlanta Monday, damaging dozens of homes and claiming the life of a Gwinnett County man.

Surveyers from the National Weather Service said a long-tracked EF1 tornado touched down in Woodstock and moved northward some 24 miles before lifting at Ball Ground. Officials said the twister clocked winds at about 90 mph, and at its widest was a quarter-mile wide. Most tornadoes associated with tropical systems like Lee produce very short touchdowns.

Officials said about 400 structures had been affected, and that it was the fifth tornado in Cherokee County over the past four years. County officials said they were lucky that it struck on the holiday with school out of session. School buses would have been on the roads were the storm to happen on a school day.

The one death recorded was a 25-year-old man who was swept up while trying to cross a creek behind the Leslie Apartments off Graves Road in Norcross Monday night, according the the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. His body was recovered from the creek Tuesday morning, near the Wood Terrace Apartments about a mile away from where he disappeared.

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The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center received several reports of tornado sightings Monday afternoon.

The first came from a trained spotter at 2:35 p.m. near the city of Winston in Douglas County.

A second came in shortly afterwards from a spotter in the Macklin Woods area of Powder Springs in western Cobb County.

Cherokee County Emergency Management reported a third tornado sighting one mile west of Woodstock at about 3:13 p.m. At least 100 homes were damaged and at least one person was hurt by flying debris in that county, according to EMA Director Robby Westbrook. The injured person is expected to be OK.

About 6,500 Georgia Power customers were still without power across Metro Atlanta and Northwest Georgia late Tuesday morning.

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A Tornado Watch was in effect for the entire metro region for most of Monday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee moved across the Southeast.

The system brought along roughly one to three inches of rain, with the most dumped in northern portions of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

It also ushed in cooler temperatures after weeks of sweltering heat. Temperatures are not expected to get above the 70s until at least Friday. 

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