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Forecasters suspect tornado struck metro Atlanta area

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ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service says a tornado has likely touched down in the metro Atlanta area.

Meteorologist Ryan Willis says National Weather Service officials are "quite certain" that a tornado hit northern Coweta County and the communities of Fairburn and Palmetto Wednesday evening.

Willis says a survey team will be sent to the area Thursday to evaluate the damage and to measure the storm's strength. Georgia Power's online outage map says more than 8,000 customers are without service.

Willis says additional heavy rain and thunder is expected to continue moving east through Georgia and is likely to taper off Wednesday night.

Flood warnings and watches have been issued throughout much of north Georgia and a tornado watch has been issued in parts of west and central Georgia.

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