Tropical Storm Lee brough heavy rain and wind

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Tropical Storm Lee brought heavy rain and damaging winds to north Georgia, and one man was swept into a creek and apparently drowned.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch until 12 noon on Tuesday and forecast a possibility of more showers and thunderstorms.

Schools were closed in Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia because of flooding.

Robby Westbrook, director of emergency management for Cherokee County, reported that at least 100 houses were damaged by high winds on Monday. There were numerous tornado warnings issued for metro Atlanta during the storm.

A 25-year-old man was swept away Monday night while trying to cross a fast-moving creek near a dam in Norcross, Gwinnett County officials said. They said search teams were preparing to resume their search for the body Tuesday morning.

Georgia Power had about 8,000 customers without electricity Tuesday morning, spokeswoman Carol Boatright said. She said most of them were in northwest Georgia.

Officials at Fort Stewart said a lightning strike sent about 22 soldiers to the hospital on Monday, with at least three kept overnight.

Fort Stewart spokesman Pat Young said the soldiers were on the post's Donovan Field in a large, mobile tent that may have been directly hit by lightning.

He said there were no initial reports of burns, and 18 of the soldiers were released back to active duty Monday evening.

Heavy rains flooded an apartment complex in Fort Oglethorpe in northwest Georgia, and 33 people were rescued by boat, Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ken Davis said. He said the American Red Cross had set up a shelter in Rossville.

He said most damage around the state involved downed trees and power lines.

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