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Storm strands more than 30 on docks at Aqualand Marina
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Repaired dock ramps float askew on Monday, June 11, after a storm ripped through Aqualand Marina on Sunday, damaging several of the ramps and stranding more than 30 people on docks. - photo by Nick Bowman

One of Lake Lanier’s largest marinas was wracked by a sudden storm on Sunday, damaging three docks and stranding more than 30 people on docks.

High winds twisted ramps to R and S docks at Aqualand Marina near Flowery Branch at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, rendering the docks impassable. Wind damaged a third dock’s electrical system, tearing cabling from its meter that could have electrified the dock, said Hall County Fire Services spokesman Capt. Zachary Brackett.

Brackett said Aqualand’s infrastructure was in good condition but was buffeted by intense winds, which damaged the equipment.

The marina sits east of Three Sisters Island close to the widest portion of Lake Lanier, giving winds plenty of space over water to pick up speed before hitting land.

No one was injured in the storm, and in addition to Fire Services the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources helped people to shore.

Several more days of storms are in the forecast for Hall County.

Thunderstorms were in the forecast for Monday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service, and some could be “strong to severe.” Forecasters warn residents to expect strong winds, frequent lightning and even isolated flooding from heavy rain.

Thunderstorms are expected each day from Tuesday to Sunday, according to the forecast as of Monday evening. Expect storms in the afternoon and evening hours, with some carrying similar warnings: strong winds, frequent lightning and isolated flooding.

Flowery Branch has already seen storm damage in the late spring this year. The Cantrell Road culvert washed out June 1 after heavy rains in the area.

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A repaired S dock sits quietly in a drizzle on Monday, June 11, after the dock and two others at Aqualand Marina were damaged by strong winds on Sunday. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for the rest of the week, which could include more wind, lightning and rain. - photo by Nick Bowman
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