Thunderstorms spawned intense lightning and powerful winds across Georgia, sparking house fires in Metro Atlanta and toppling trees and power lines in several counties.
In Gwinnett County, firefighters battled five blazes caused by lightning, including two in the Duluth area. That's where an apartment building and house caught fire, but nobody was hurt.
Heavy rains Thursday also flooded several lanes of Interstate 20 in Atlanta, leading to traffic jams during the evening rush hour.
There were several reports to the National Weather Service of trees and power lines down. Emergency managers and police told the weather service that trees were blown down in Fulton, Forsyth, Hall and Cherokee, counties.
Today's forecast is calling for more of the same - heavy showers and storms - this afternoon into tonight.