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Severe storms lose their bite before hitting Hall

Chance of rain remains in forecast for Monday

POSTED: May 3, 2009 8:58 p.m.

A storm system that came barreling across the state from Alabama on Sunday had lost much of its steam by the time it moved into Northeast Georgia.

Though thunderstorm warnings were active across the region between about 7 to 8 p.m., the storm only dumped some heavy rain and brought down a few trees across the area.

There were two reports of a house struck by lightning during Sunday’s storm, one in Gainesville and one in Hall County, according to Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell. No damage was reported at either location. Officials responded to about a dozen calls of downed trees, mainly in the Club Drive and Thompson Bridge Road area, Kimbrell said.

West Georgia took more of a pounding, with a funnel cloud reported just north of Cartersville in Bartow County around 6:30 p.m., according to the National Weather System.

"The whole length of the line from Northwest Georgia down almost to Columbus was very active from the time it entered the state until (it moved) just past Atlanta," said Verona Murrell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

Actual rainfall totals across the state hadn’t been reported to the weather service as of 9 p.m., but radar estimates show from a half inch to as much as 2 inches fell in spots across the state, Murrell said.

Just shy of two-tenths of an inch of rain fell Sunday at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, according to the automatic monitoring station there. The airport recorded about an inch of rain for the entire weekend.

No more severe weather was expected overnight in North Georgia, but a 50 percent chance of rain remains for today, Murrell said. The chance for rain tapers off after today, but remains in the forecast as "a series of upper air disturbances will be moving across the state for the next two to three days," she said.

Lake Lanier stood at 1,064.06 feet above sea level as of 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Lanier’s level, which stood at 1,057.97 as of March 4, has risen steadily during the spring.

Sunday’s weather system spawned severe storms across the Southeast, including possible tornadoes in Alabama. The Associated Press reported that a Mississippi woman was killed when a tree fell on her while she was standing outside and 6,000 people in Alabama lost power Sunday afternoon.



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