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Storm damage cleared, power restored
Smoke rises from a downed transformer Friday afternoon on Green Street in Gainesville after lightning struck a large oak tree which fell across powerlines. A car and a truck were both caught beneath the power lines. No one was injured. - photo by Michelle Boaen Jameson

The impact of Friday’s brief but violent thunderstorm in Gainesville was largely cleared by Saturday afternoon.

The large tree that fell across Green Street and took out power lines and a transformer and hit two vehicles was removed and the road reopened Saturday after it remained closed overnight. No one was injured.

Scott Cagle, Hall County Fire Marshal and Deputy Emergency Management Agency Director, issued a news release Saturday detailing other areas affected by the storm:

  • Blueberry Hills Drive: Trees down with street closed
  • Athens Street at Ridge Road: Tree down
  • Stallworth Street: Tree down blocking the road, minor damage to a home
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard: Transformer fire
  • East Ridge Road: Power line down

Georgia Power customers who lost service after the storm had their power restored Saturday. Cable and Internet service also were put back on line.

The storm dumped more than a half-inch of rain on the city in a brief period, according to measurements taken at the National Weather Service recording station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

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