Storms tore through the Chattahoochee Valley Sunday, sending volleys of rain across Georgia and Alabama.
Little damage, however, was reported.
Columbus appeared to have missed the brunt of the storm that led to a tornado warning in Troup County and the northwest portion of Harris County for 45 minutes Sunday afternoon. At 8:30 p.m., Columbus’ 911 dispatch center had received no word of power outages or blown transformers. While a few small wrecks had occurred on the city’s streets, there were no major accidents at the time.
That was the case for Alabama State Troopers in Opelika and the Georgia State Patrol in the Columbus area. Both reported rain, and some road flooding in the general Columbus area, though no major accidents.
A tornado watch for the Chattahoochee Valley was extended Sunday afternoon to 1 a.m. today, though it was canceled before 9 p.m.
The storm system that affected west central Georgia reached as far as Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta. The thunderous storms that rolled through north Alabama caused problems for residents and police and triggered power outages around the Birmingham area.
Trees fell on cars and blocked streets throughout the region Sunday, and a power lines were down in some parts of the city.
The National Weather Service also reported flooding on some downtown Birmingham streets but no major problems were recorded.
Alabama Power spokeswoman Hallie Bradley said about 4,000 customers lost power at the storm’s peak before noon Sunday.
Much of metro Atlanta was under a tornado watch as the heavy storm front rumbled through north Georgia.
The National Weather Service also issued a flood watch and wind advisory as the storm rolled through the region.
The stormy conditions caused delays that averaged about an hour at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Officials encouraged travelers to check with their airlines before arriving at the airport.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report