ATLANTA — Strong storms brought hundreds of lightning strikes, heavy rain and hail to metro Atlanta Wednesday afternoon.
Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz tracked the storms as the moved through Cobb County to Gwinnett County and Atlanta on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.
Areas in Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Coweta, and Atlanta all saw Severe Thunderstorm Warnings that have since expired.
Many people reported trees down across metro Atlanta.
A gas station in East Cobb received severe damage from high winds.
The high winds damaged the Valero Station on Shallowford Rd. in Marietta. pic.twitter.com/MhYncLXMjH— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) July 6, 2016
At least 50,000 people were without power at one point, according to Georgia Power.
The storms cleared out throughout the evening, but isolated showers will pop up Wednesday night for some areas.
We will drop into the 70s at times today... underneath showers & storms. Away from rain, it's 80s. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/NXo24Tl0gZ— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) July 6, 2016
The moisture will keep temperatures in the mid-80s.
The chance for rain will stick around through Thursday with isolated and scattered showers.
The temperature will be on the rise throughout the week and into the weekend with the mercury hitting the mid-90s by Saturday.
Multiple trees down across metro Atlanta
Crews removed a huge tree that crashed in northeast Atlanta.
The tree took down power lines and damaged an SUV on North Highland Avenue before 8 a.m.
Channel 2's Audrey Washington spoke with a man who says when the tree fell, it sounded like an explosion.
"Well, it looks like a disaster zone and block from my house," said Scott Engel. "It's kind of shocking."
Another tree fell on Moore's Mill Road in northwest Atlanta. The tree debris stretched out over a woman's yard. No one was hurt, but it did block the road for some time Wednesday morning.
In Gwinnett County, a man was sitting in his recliner inside his home when a tree came crashing down above him.
"I'm shook up. I want to go sit down in a corner and have a good cry over it, but I can't even do that right now," Bruce Storey said.
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