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Fallen trees cause damage, power outages
Lake Lanier is still below full pool after rain
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Pat Rail assesses damage Friday after a tree fell on her deck Thursday after a night of heavy winds and rain. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

National Weather Service forecast

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. East wind 5 to 10 mph

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Sunday night: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. East wind around 5 mph.

Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 67.

 

Storms whipped through the region Thursday night bringing some much needed rain but also some damage and power outages.

A few trees fell across power lines and two homes were damaged by fallen trees, Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said Friday afternoon.

One of those homes was on McConnell Drive south of Gainesville and another on Hiawatha Drive off Thompson Bridge Road. There were no injuries, though, Kimbrell said.

Pat Rail, who lives on Lamplighters Cove Road off Browns Bridge Road, had trees fall onto her deck about 6 p.m. Thursday.

"I heard all this (smaller) stuff falling ... on top of my house," she said. "But then when I came and was standing here at the kitchen window, I thought ‘Well, that looks strange out there.' Big ol' trees laying over on the deck ..."

The storm also caused power outages for some.

Jackson EMC at about 9 p.m. Thursday reported 36 power outages affecting 1,559 customers in the Gainesville district, mostly including the Candler, Flowery Branch and Murrayville areas. By Friday morning only three were left without power.

The storm did bring some much needed rain to Northeast Georgia, which has seen below average rainfall this year. Almost 1.5 inches of rain was recorded at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

But the rainfall did little to raise the level of Lake Lanier. At 6 p.m. Friday, Lanier was at 1,069.25 feet above sea level, less than a quarter foot higher than it was Thursday morning and almost 2 feet below full pool.

Statewide, storms knocked out power to more than 20,000 and killed three people in the Atlanta area.

Two Decatur women were killed in Atlanta when a tree fell on a truck, police said. A 19-year-old man was killed in Mableton when a tree fell on him while he was clearing debris from a driveway.

Heavy rains led the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for portions of Fulton and DeKalb counties. It was later rescinded.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Carol Boatright said Friday afternoon that 42,000 of its customers remained without power, 37,000 of them in metro Atlanta.

Georgia Electrical Membership Corporation reported that about 5,300 EMC customers, mostly in metro Atlanta and west of the metro area, also were without power.

High winds also knocked down trees in the Macon area. In Columbus, at least a dozen trees were knocked down around town, dispatchers said. One struck a house, but no injuries were reported.

Numerous interstate ramps and surface streets in metro Atlanta remained flooded before daybreak Friday, including the ramp from Interstate 85 southbound to Camp Creek Parkway near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said a tree toppled onto a UPS truck, catching it on fire.

Authorities say the stormy weather led to delays of more than two hours for flights leaving Atlanta.

Associated Press reports contributed to this story.

 

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