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Storms knock out power for many in Hall

POSTED: July 24, 2013 6:22 p.m.

Storms that roared through Hall County on Wednesday afternoon blew down trees and knocked out power to about 1,500 customers.

A tree fell on one of the buildings at Vista Ridge Apartments off Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.

“When the storm came up, my fiance was on his computer,” apartment resident Alexandra Matthews said. “I went to the grocery store, and I’m glad I did, because where I was parked, the tree would have fallen on it.”

She said trees were at a 40 degree angle because of the winds.

“A tree nicked the outside of the roof,” she said. “Now water is leaking in our bedroom and our bedroom ceiling is gone.”

She said they managed to get their possessions out of the bedroom before the ceiling collapsed. Management offered other quarters, she said, but they preferred to move into their other bedroom, which was undamaged.

She said her fiance was “a little shook up,” but there were “no direct injuries” to them or their two dogs.

Another fallen tree blocked the main entrance to the apartment complex.

Three trees were down on power lines on Mountain View Road off Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville Fire Department Lt. Travis Bleckley said.

Four trees were reported down in the northern and western parts of the county, said Hall County Fire Chief and Emergency Services Manager David Kimbrell, but did not cause “significant damage.”

Georgia Power had less than 300 customers still without power by 10 p.m.



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