A tornado watch went into effect Monday afternoon and was quickly upgraded to a warning as the doppler radar changed from green to red and a tornado-producing thunderstorm developed over Cobb County. One tornado reportedly touched down in Cobb and was sighted in Acworth moving on an easterly path.
In Bartow, a few lower lying areas experienced flooding due to continuing rain fall. According to the National Weather Service, Cartersville Airport received about 2.6 inches of rain through 7 p.m. Monday. Traffic accidents kept local law enforcement, the Georgia State Patrol and both city and county fire departments running from call to call throughout the day.
The city responded to a single vehicle fire on Douthit Ferry Road next to McDonald's around 4 p.m. Flames were extinguished before crews arrived on scene after the driver's headlight caught on fire during an accident. Crews were quickly back in service, and no serious injuries were reported.
A caller notified Bartow County dispatch that one vehicle had run off the roadway on Highway 411 near Rogers Cut Off Road close to Floyd County. Upon arrival, fire department and EMS personnel discovered an overturned Ford Explorer. No injuries were reported.
No downed trees were reported but as soil softens the threat could become reality. Downed trees may be reported to the fire departments at 770-387-5151 for the county or 770-387-5635 for the city of Cartersville, or the Bartow County Road Department at 770-387-5140.