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Two inches of rain end dry spell; more coming Sunday
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A woman steps through a puddle in downtown Gainesville on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Rain was persistent throughout the morning with a flash flood warning for Hall County in effect until Saturday evening according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. - photo by Austin Steele

Heavy rains swamped Hall County on Saturday, June 8, with pools of standing water along major thoroughfares, while wind and lightning strikes caused minor property damage in and around Flowery Branch.  

Gainesville received two inches of rain between 12 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, according to National Weather Service readings at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

And more rain will shower Hall County throughout Sunday, June 9.

According to Hall County Fire Services division chief and spokesman Zachary Brackett, firefighters and first responders investigated seven lightning strikes and multiple fire alarms in the late morning Saturday.  

“The calls started just after 10 A.M. and primarily impacted South Hall,” Brackett told The Times in an email. “Minimal damage was noted to the structures affected by the lightning strikes.”

Brackett added that no fires were sparked at the incident locations.

“We have continued to have rain-train over our area, which will make flash flooding a hazard,” Brackett warned. “We are encouraging people to remain weather aware and remember to not drive through standing water.”

According to the NWS forecast for Sunday, June 9, showers and thunderstorms were predicted to pick up after 3 a.m., and additional waves of rain are likely, though perhaps sporadic, after 11 a.m.

The high temperature is forecast near 78 degrees, with a low of 69 degrees. Wind gusts could reach 15 mph. And new rainfall amounts after 11 a.m. between a quarter- and a half-inch is possible.


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