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Tree lands on home with mother, 2 kids inside

Strong winds sent a large tree crashing onto a home in northwest Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.
Strong winds sent a large tree crashing onto a home in northwest Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.
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Updated: 2/15 2:06 pm
ATLANTA, Ga. (WSB-TV) -- Strong winds sent a large tree crashing onto a home in northwest Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.

It was a close call for a mother and her two young children stuck inside. Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach arrived at the home just before noon, when crews were trying to remove the tree. The trunk was lying across the front porch steps. The homeowner said a limb went through an upstairs room next to her 6-month-old baby.

A family member said there were no reports of injuries. High winds are a major concern for work crews this weekend after last week's winter storm coated trees and power lines with ice across the state.

At last check, fewer than 100,000 customers were still without power in Georgia, as power crews work to restore electricity in hard-hit east Georgia after the storm.

Georgia Power reported that more than 40,000 of its customers were without power Saturday morning, with the vast majority of them in east Georgia.

The state's electric membership cooperatives, or EMCs, also had about 37,500 of their customers without power statewide on Saturday. The cooperatives planned to update that number late Sunday morning.

The utility companies say nearly a million homes and businesses in Georgia lost power at some point after a storm blanketed the region with snow and ice.

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