Atlanta under state of emergency, new storms pound north metro
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In the aftermath of the first recorded tornado to hit downtown, Mayor Shirley Franklin signed an order Saturday declaring a state of emergency for the city.
Franklin will request that Gov. Sonny Perdue provide disaster assistance, she said at a noon news conference. The city will be working with Georgia Emergency Management Agency, as well as FEMA.
The other latest developments:
— Much of north Georgia, including metro Atlanta, is under a tornado watch until 7 p.m., the National Weather Service said late this morning.