Storms prompt weather alerts across northern Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Powerful storms in northern and central Georgia are knocking out power lines and prompting weather alerts for flash flooding and possible tornados.

Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft says about 6,600 homes were without electricity Saturday afternoon. Most of the blackouts were in metro Atlanta.

The National Weather Service has lifted tornado watches for metro Atlanta, but placed other parts of central Georgia under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Saturday. It includes Bleckley, Dodge, Laurens, Montgomery, Toombs, Treutlen, Wheeler and Wilcox counties.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that emergency officials in Coweta County reported heavy winds and rain damaged 10 homes but no injuries were reported.

Other areas reported golf ball-sized hail and downed trees. Flash flood warnings were issued in metro Atlanta.

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