About nine flights were diverted from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to Columbus Airport Friday afternoon after a severe thunderstorm rolled through metro Atlanta, authorities said.
An official at the airport said many Delta planes started arriving after 3 p.m. Passengers didn’t leave the planes after they landed. Many were still at the airport at 8 p.m.
Carly Kovacik, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, said the Atlanta area recorded about 2.5 inches of rain over a six-hour period with winds of 60 mph.
“Earlier, we had issued a tornado warning for Cobb County just north of the city,” she said. “We had a severe thunderstorm warning as well. We had some pretty strong storms move through.”
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Kovacik said the winds were some of the strongest in the area over the last two weeks.