Storm floods Atlanta freeway, strands motorists (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Storm floods Atlanta freeway, strands motorists (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
A severe thunderstorm moving through northern Georgia has caused flash flooding on major roads in Atlanta, stranding motorists during the evening rush hour.

Thunderstorm warnings on Friday afternoon predicted 60 mph (96 kph) winds and 1-inch (2.5 cm) hail. The heavy storm dumped over 2 inches (5 cm) of rain on the city in less than an hour.

A dramatic video by the Atlanta Fire Department showed firefighters rescuing a driver from a stranded vehicle in the southern suburbs.

Though the waters are slowly receding, the authorities are warning motorists to “turn around, don’t drown” if they encounter a flooded section of roadway.

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