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Early morning storm downs tree, knocks out power in area
Downed tree blocks Morningside Drive, takes down power lines
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Crews prepare to remove a large tree that fell across Morningside Drive early Saturday, July 21, after storms came through Gainesville. - photo by Layne Saliba

A tree fell on Morningside Drive in Gainesville, taking power lines with it, as storms came through the area early on Saturday, July 21.

Gainesville Police had the road blocked between Riverside Drive and Park Hill Drive and were diverting traffic down those side roads at 8 a.m.

Robert Jones, construction supervisor with the city, was on the scene. He said crews couldn’t work until Georgia Power arrived.

The call came in around 5 a.m. Saturday morning. The tree was still across the road at 8 a.m. but was being cleared around 11 a.m. The road reopened around 1 p.m.

At least 754 Jackson EMC customers lost power Saturday, but the company had all of it restored by 4 p.m. Georgia power had at least 77 customers in the area lose power.

Casey Ramsey, interim director of emergency management with Hall County Fire Services, said several trees were down throughout the county, but “no major damage” and “no injuries” had been reported.

Hall County Fire responded to an “apparent lightning strike” at 4545 Gillsville Highway around 8 a.m. A small fire was found in the laundry room and no injuries were reported, according to Hall County fire Capt. Bobby Ogletree.

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