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Storms knock out power to more than 31,000 in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Residents across Georgia were under a tornado watch as severe thunderstorms pounded parts of the state, knocking out power to more than 31,500 customers statewide before dawn Tuesday.

Tornado watches remained in effect for 82 Georgia counties through 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The watches covered a wide area across the state, and included the cities of Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Albany, Valdosta and Dahlonega.

Georgia Power reported more than 29,900 customers without power in metro Atlanta before dawn Tuesday.

Earlier, National Weather Service radar detected a storm over Smyrna capable of producing a tornado shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The warning, which expired by 6:15 a.m., covered densely populated residential areas in Cobb and Fulton counties.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries from the storms in Georgia.

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