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Power restored to area customers after storm
High winds knock down trees, power lines in Gainesville, North Hall
Anderson Dunlap walks past a tree that fell in front of his house in the 600 block of Ridgewood Avenue during the storm that came through late Saturday afternoon. - photo by Tom Reed

A strong thunderstorm struck in the Gainesville and North Hall County area late Saturday afternoon, knocking over trees and power lines and leaving thousands of residents without power.

Hall County dispatch reported numerous trees down along area roads in Gainesville and North Hall.

One large tree was down along Ridgewood Avenue in downtown Gainesville.

Jackson EMC restored power by 11 a.m. Sunday to customers affected by the weather. At the peak of the storm, some 19,000 customers were left in the dark.

Storm damage was reported throughout Gwinnett County with trees and wires down. Trees were reported down on South Bogan Road and East Shadburn Ferry Road in Buford.

The National Weather Service reporting station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport reported 0.28 inches of rain fell during the storm.

The chance of storms is less likely for Father's Day.

The weather service forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of pop-up storms before 2 a.m. with highs in the mid 90s.

Hot, dry weather is expected to return at the start of the work week.