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Hall storm tears up a few trees, knocks out a little power

POSTED: February 11, 2009 11:36 p.m.

Aside from scattered power outages and fallen trees, Hall County sustained little damage when severe storms blew through the area Wednesday afternoon.

North Hall County had more reports of downed trees than other parts of the county, according to a dispatcher with Hall County 911. Most of the downed trees across the county were cleared by 8:30 p.m.

Jackson Electric Membership Corp. had scattered outages throughout the utility’s coverage area, but most were concentrated in the Murrayville area in North Hall, according to company spokeswoman Bonnie Jones. Some 1,300 customers lost power due to fallen trees, but Jones said service was restored to most in about an hour. Shortly before 8 p.m., some 400 customers still remained without power, but those were expected to be quickly restored as well, she said.

Jones explained that the utility’s practice of keeping the areas around their lines clear of trees helps keep the number of outages lower when a storm hits the area.

The quick-moving storm, though it spawned tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings across North Georgia, didn’t drop much rain on Hall County, either. Less than 0.25 of a inch of rain fell Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service’s official gauge at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s. Rain could pop up again on Friday, with an 80 percent chance of scattered showers in the forecast.



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