Strong storms begin pounding Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Storms began lashing parts of Georgia late Friday, as severe weather was also expected to strike the metro Atlanta area during the overnight hours.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch covering much of north Georgia - including all of metro Atlanta - through midnight.

In northwest Georgia, the Rome News-Tribune reports that storms toppled trees around the city Friday. One fallen tree was blocking Fifth Avenue in Rome, and another tree has struck a home in the city, which is about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Georgia Power representative Tequila Smith said there are about 10,500 customers without power in Floyd County.

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