A tornado tore through Atlanta’s south-central suburbs Tuesday, killing at least four people and destroying dozens of homes, businesses and other structures.
The tornado left more than 100,000 people without power and left the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with the job of investigating the disaster.
The storm was rated a EF2 tornado.
The AP called it a twister that was moving at a speed of about 40 mph (64 kph).
The AP said the EF2 rating indicates a sustained, significant tornado with a wind gust of about 100 mph (161 kph), with a maximum sustained wind of 140 mph (240 kph) and maximum sustained speed of 55 mph (88 kph, or about 26 km/h).
The National Weather Service said it was tracking the storm, which it said was moving northwest from south of the city of Atlanta.
It said it had been located near Interstate 75, and the storm had made landfall in the south-west.
The Georgia Bureau the Associated Press reports was working to locate residents who were left without power.
“The tornado was moving so quickly that it created a tornado hazard that was very severe,” the Georgia Bipartisan Emergency Management Agency, or GEEMA, said in a statement.
“It was not possible to reach all the residents in that area.”
The storm ripped through a suburban neighborhood in the northwest Atlanta suburb of Atlanta that sits about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the city.
The neighborhood was about 300 yards (meters) from where a man was killed by a tornado on Sunday.
The man’s name has not been released.
The city was also struck by a severe thunderstorm on Sunday, and it was raining and windy when the tornado hit, according to the Weather Service.
The tornadoes struck along Interstate 75 between Atlanta and the city’s suburbs.
The area was already under mandatory evacuation orders, and residents were told to stay indoors, according the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, said a news release from the Georgia Emergency Management Authority.
At least two homes were destroyed, and at least one was destroyed by a tree.
Two people were killed in the storm.
As of 7 p.m.
ET, about 30 people were still unaccounted for, according with the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Nathan Deal tweeted that a storm-related death was confirmed, and that a death had been reported.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in an update to his Twitter feed that he was aware of a death and was in contact with emergency services.
We have received confirmation of a person deceased and are in contact.
This is a tragic event.
Please join me in expressing our deepest condolences and our support to the family and friends of the deceased.
and Atlanta Mayor Kasom Reed said at a news conference in Atlanta.
An Associated Press reporter in the area saw a woman, who appeared to be a child, lying in a driveway in a subdivision.
A man was seen driving in the neighborhood with a dog, and several vehicles were parked on the shoulder.
Residents were evacuated from the area by buses.
Several buildings were destroyed.
Flooding was reported in the suburbs of Atlanta and several other cities.
Police officers with guns drawn stood on the side of a street in the Atlanta suburb.
Witnesses reported seeing two women in a car driving through floodwaters in the same area, which is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta, according in the AP.
One witness told the AP she saw the driver of a white Ford pickup truck drive into a river, and then into a pond and drown.
Tornado damage is reported in a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.
Dylan Martinez, AP Images A woman watches as a woman watches a police officer stand on a street after a tornado damaged homes in a suburban Atlanta suburb Tuesday, September 15, 2019.
Photos: The aftermath of a tornadoes storm in AtlantaA man watches as people stand on the sidewalk as police officers stand on top of a highway in the suburban Atlanta suburbs of Georgia, on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2019, a day after a severe storm hit the city and forced the evacuation of several communities in metro Atlanta.
A man was reported missing after the tornado ripped through the area on Tuesday afternoon.
Thousands of people evacuated from homes and businesses as a storm system ripped through southern Georgia on Tuesday.
More than 100 people were reported dead and about 1,000 injured in the worst storm in the U.S. since Hurricane Ike in 2005, according data from the National Weather System Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Fires and power outages were reported across the region, and roads were closed as well.
People walk across a street as a tornado hits the Atlanta skyline, on Monday, Sept, 15, 2018, in