The tornado warning for Chattahoochee County has been canceled, according to the National Weather Service.
At 9:32 p.m. Doppler Radar indicated a tornado was moving east at 35 mph between Columbus and Fort Benning. Sirens indicating a tornado warning have gone off in Columbus.
This storm also produced marble-sized hail and heavy winds.
Hail was also reported in Russell County, according to the county's Emergency Management Agency. As of about 9:40 p.m., no tornadoes or injuries were reported in Russell County. Trees are down, however, and there is some property damage in Russell County.
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Other counties included in the tornado warning include but are not limited to Highland Park, Edgewood, Fort Benning's Lawson Army Air Field, Benning Park, Saint Marys Hills, Kenwood, Battle Park, Benning Hills, Custer Road Terrace, Flat Rock, Vista Terrace and Sand Hill.
Flights were delayed for up to 90 minutes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as dark gray clouds swirled in from the west.
A possible tornado was reported in northwest Georgia’s Chattooga County, said Buzz Weiss of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City were so busy tracking the storms that they could not immediately confirm the twister.
Ken Davis, another GEMA spokesman, said there also was a report of three possible tornadoes striking in Franklin County, more than a 100 miles away in northeast Georgia.
Heavy storms also pelted several counties south of Atlanta.
In Floyd County, south of Chattooga, there were at least 12 large trees that fell across roadways, which were covered with debris, said Tim Herrington, deputy director of emergency management in the county.
“Four of them have been cleaned up, and we’re waiting for the power crews to clear the others so the roads can be reopened,” Herrington said.
Elsewhere, there were showers and thunderstorms, some with large hail and damaging winds, especially in north Georgia.The forecast called for decreasing cloudiness on Saturday, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in extreme south Georgia.