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Nearly 5,000 affected in Hall by power outages
350 still without electricity at 10 p.m.; most traffic lights functioning again
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Hall County Fire Services responded Friday, June 1, 2018, to a fire caused by a lightning strike at Tree Park Apartments in Flowery Branch. - photo by For The Times

More than 5,000 customers of Georgia Power and Jackson EMC in Hall County were affected by power outages Friday after a severe storm moved through the area.

At 10 p.m. Friday, Georgia Power had about 350 customers in Hall County without power, and Jackson EMC reported 103 customers affected.

Around 5 p.m. Friday, that number was closer to 5,000 total customers without power.

Gainesville crews removed trees lying across Enota Avenue and Christopher Drive. The traffic lights along Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road were out from Ridgewood to Enota avenues. Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said some lights were still affected, but most had been returned to power late Friday.

“(Gainesville Police) is working traffic and our Public Works crews are getting generators to these locations to provide temporary power until Georgia Power can restore service,” Gainesville city manager Bryan Lackey wrote in an email Friday evening.

Hall County Emergency Management interim director Casey Ramsey said first responders had been called to multiple points across the county.

Those include:

  • 4900 block of Poplar Springs Road in Gainesville

  • 6400 block of Gillsville Highway in Gillsville

  • 1000 block of Lucille Lane in Gainesville

  • 3500 block of Shoreland Drive in Buford

  • 100 block of Christopher Drive in Gainesville

  • 300 block of Green Street in Gainesville

  • 5300 block of Buffington Road in Gillsville

  • 6200 block of Commodore Drive in Flowery Branch

  • East Ridge Road/Patterson Drive in Gainesville

  • Sallee Drive/Sallee Circle in Oakwood

Ramsey said there was a report of a lightning strike at the Tree Park Apartments on Tree Park Circle in Flowery Branch.

Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett said firefighters "cleared all units and the attic of any active fire."
Portions of the roof and the electrical system were damaged, Brackett said. No residents were displaced.

At 9 p.m. Friday, Brackett and Hall County Sheriff’s Office 1st Lt. Chris Dale said the roads had been mostly cleared of any power lines and trees down.

Reporter Nick Bowman contributed to this report.

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