Posted: Thursday, July 19th 2012 at 7:15am
Summer storms cause problems across the region
UNDATED - Authorities in Gwinnett, Hall and White counties scrambled Wednesday afternoon and evening to keep up with damage caused by summer thunderstorms.
A thunderstorm with high winds, heavy rain and hail caused minor flooding and downed several trees and tree limbs in the city of Cleveland Wednesday afternoon, according to Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt.
Pruitt said the trees came down on Faulkner, Old Nachoochee and Woodman Hall roads around 3:00 p.m. The power was out for several customers in scattered areas of town. The White County Emergency Operation Center recorded 33 mph wind gusts during the storm.
Gwinnett County emergency officials said they handled 57 calls between 4:40 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Gwinnett Fire Lt. Colin Rhoden broke down the calls as follows:
The fifty-seven incidents were broken down into several categories including:
• 6 reports of wires down
• 2 reports of smoke odor in residence
• 1 apartment fire
• 2 house fires
• 1 out-building (storage building) fire
• 17 Fire Alarm activation calls
• 2 trees fallen on houses
• 8 Motor Vehicle Collisions
In Hall County, authorities reported a tree down overnight on Cochran Road, which resulted in a power outage.
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