Tree falls on man in downtown Atlanta


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ATLANTA — Part of a tree fell on a man Friday afternoon in downtown Atlanta, fire officials said. It happened in the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Central Avenue area near the Fulton County Courthouse.

Witnesses told 11Alive the man was hit in the head when the tree branch snapped around 2pm.

“Suddenly the wind picked up, we heard a big crack,” the witness described. “I stopped, he stopped, then he ran in that direction towards the tree.”

He said it happened so fast he couldn’t warn the man not to move. Atlanta Fire said that although the man was injured, he was not trapped. The man was taken to hospital.

A Georgia Department of Transportation camera showed debris on the roadway.

11Alive StormTrackers monitors for any storms that may be moving through the area. A tornado watch was in effect for several northern Georgia counties. It remains in effect for Habersham and Rabun counties until 8 p.m.

While much of metro Atlanta remained dry, high winds toppled several trees. A tree fell on an Atlanta police cruiser on Dalvigney Street NW. Video shows that wires were also torn from the tree. Officials said no one was inside the police cruiser when the incident occurred.

These strong winds are expected to persist as the storms dissipate. A wind advisory is in effect until 9 p.m.


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