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Early morning storm knocked out power to 1,200 homes in Hall
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One person was rescued from a house boat during high winds Monday, Jan, 3. The winds destroyed a portion of a dock at Aqualand Marine in Flowery Branch, - photo by Hall County Fire Services

Update: About 1,200 homes lost power during an early morning storm that damaged a dock at a marina and a home in Northeast Hall County, officials said. 

By 2 p.m., power had been restored to all but 75 homes, said Zach Brackett, Hall County Emergency Management Agency’s operations and special projects manager.

Wind gusts reached 45 mph with sustained winds between 20 and 25 mph.  Brackett said the majority of the trees down were in the northeastern part of Hall County.

A tree fell on a home in the 3100 block of Durman Road and displaced one person and a dog, Brackett said.




One person was rescued from a house boat during high winds in a storm early Monday, Jan. 3, according to a Hall County Fire Rescue spokeswoman. 

About 5 a.m., firefighters arrived at Aqualand Marina in Flowery Branch for reported damage to the W dock. The winds and storm had twisted the dock and it was partially submerged in the water, making it impossible for people to access the shore. Four boats remained attached to the end of the damaged dock with three people trapped on their house boats, said Christie Grice, a spokeswoman with Hall County Fire Rescue.

Hall County Marine Rescue reached the people, Grice said. One person was removed from a house boat and taken to shore, while the other two decided to remain on their house boat. 

No injuries were reported. Grice said there was no reported damage to the boats, but power to that section of the dock was disconnected.