Georgia Tornado Warning Near Atlanta: Cobb County and Cherokee County Are Under it

A tornado warning was issued for Georgia’s Cobb and Cherokee counties on Friday afternoon.

The warning will last until 3 p.m. ET.

However, according to the National Weather Service, the warning appears to be over.

It’s unclear if a tornado touched down or not.

Fulton, Douglas and DeKalb counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 3 p.m.

Thunderstorm warnings are also in effect for Clayton, Henry and Rockdale counties until 3:30 p.m.

The Associated Press update on Joplin tornado:

Joplin woman suing Home Depot for tornado deaths 

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A woman whose husband and two children were among eight people killed while taking cover in a Home Depot during the 2011 Joplin tornado contends in a wrongful death lawsuit that the building was negligently constructed.

Edie Howard Housel, who lost her husband, Russell Howard, and their two children, 5-year-old Harli Jace and 19-month-old Hayze Cole, during the storm, specifically cites the 100,000-pound concrete slabs that made up the store’s walls. All but 10 of the 73 tilt-up panels fell after the tornado ripped the roof off of the building, including some that fell inward and killed Housel’s family members and others.

Housel filed the lawsuit in May in Jasper County Circuit Court, but it was moved last month to U.S. District Court’s Western Missouri District. It names as defendants Home Depot USA, property owner HD Development of Maryland, Inc., and store designer Casco Diversified Corp., The Joplin Globe reported (http://bit.ly/Xy4fWO ).

Home Depot USA, which is based in Atlanta, and HD Development denied all of the allegations, calling the EF-5 tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of buildings an “act of God.” Because of that, imposition of liability on the defendants is prohibited, the company’s attorneys said.

Casco also denies all allegations, saying the plaintiff is barred by Missouri’s 10-year law of repose from suing the company. Construction of the Home Depot was finished around March 1, 2001, and the lawsuit was filed more than 13 years after it was completed, Casco said.

 

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