UPDATE: Still some power outages


Some people in our area were still without power as of 7:30 this morning.

Georgia Power’s outage map was showing no outages, but Jackson EMC had 178,372 customers in the dark, none in Hall County, though. They were in Lumpkin, Jackson, Gwinnett and Barrow counties. Click here to view the co-op’s outage map: Map Viewer (jacksonemc.com)

In addition to the problem areas reported in the earlier story from Sunday, there were also these reports, all from before midnight: Atlanta Highway flooded between Thurman Tanner and Lights Ferry, tree across Deville Lane, tree down on East Lake Drive, tree down on Atlanta Highway near Georgia Department of Labor office, and damaged traffic signal on Dawsonville Highway at Shallowford.

In all, according to Hall County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Zach Brackett, countywide there were “15-20” reports of downed trees.

So, what’s the forecast for today? Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. And the forecast through Friday calls for highs in the 90s and a 20-40 percent chance of rain.

EARLIER STORY. POSTED AT 10:45 SUNDAY NIGHT: Strong thunderstorm roared through Hall County early Sunday evening leaving behind downed trees and powerlines, resulting in closed roads and power outages. As of late Sunday night, however, there had been no reports of injuries or structural damage.

And while it may not have been a drought buster, the storms, which impacted several parts of the county, resulted in up to three inches of rain in some places.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) reported problems in several areas including a tree down in the 4500 block of Browns Bridge Road. That’s in the Lakeview Lane area. However, it appears that the biggest impact was in the Clermont area where powerlines that were down and standing water were making for hazardous travel.

The sheriff’s office through its social media accounts was urging people to stay off the roads until the storms passed and if anyone did have to drive, to keep speeds low and headlights on.

At one point, a deputy reported coming across a trampoline that had been tossed into the center of Cleveland Highway near Nopone Road.

The rain the storm brought with it amounted to the most significant rainfall in the county in weeks.

(HCSO picture: Trees and power lines brought down by the passing storm on Sutton Road.)