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Thunderstorms blow through area
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Rain returned to the area Sunday night and might settle in for much of today.

For the past couple weeks or so, residents have gotten a break in the soggy weather that has characterized the area’s weather for most of the year.

Thunderstorms blew through the area Sunday, dropping more than a third of an inch of rain at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

About 1,000 households in Gainesville served by Jackson Electric Membership Corp. were without power for about three hours.

Bonnie Jones, Jackson EMC spokeswoman, said 876 of those were affected by a circuit outage caused by lightning at a Murrayville substation. The homes were primarily in the area of North Hall High School on Mount Vernon, Shirley and Highland roads.

At the height of the storm, 4,000 Jackson EMC customers lost power, Jones said, although many of those were momentary interruptions. By about 8 p.m., there were 34 outages scattered across the utility’s service area.

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast today, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

Conditions are then expected to improve, with mostly cloudy skies in the outlook. However, forecasters say to expect wind gusts up to 15 mph.

Today’s weather is expected to produce up to a quarter of an inch of rain, “except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms,” the weather service states.

The rest of the week is a mixture of cloudy and sunny skies, with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday through Sunday. High temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-80s.

Gainesville received 32.51 inches of rain January through May, compared to a normal rainfall of nearly 23 inches, or a surplus of 9.51 inches for the year.

The massive rainfall has caused problems, including flooding and road collapses that governments are still trying to recover from.

But it also has helped fill up Lake Lanier, which stood Sunday evening at 1,072.15 feet above sea level.

It has stayed above the summer full pool of 1,071 feet since it took effect May 1. The lake has been at or above summer or the 1,070-foot winter full pool since April 2, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ database.

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