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A 'typical ... summer storm'
Forecast calls for chance of a weather repeat
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Forsyth County Sheriff's Deputy John Osifchin and Fire Capt. Jason Shivers survey the scene of a downed power line Tuesday night in north Forsyth. - photo by Emily Saunders

Tuesday night's thunderstorms took their toll on Forsyth County residents, toppling trees and disrupting power service.

Between about 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Forsyth County Fire Department responded to 25 calls resulting from the heavy rain and lightning, said Capt. Jason Shivers.

"It was typical for a north Georgia summer storm," Shivers said. "There was certainly nothing that Forsyth public agencies haven't dealt with in the past and aren't used to dealing with this time of year."

Storm reports from the National Weather Service were not ready as of Wednesday morning, but meteorologist Mike Leary said some nearby counties received more than 2 inches of rain and up to one inch of hail.

"It's going to cool off, to be sure," Leary said for the rest of the week. "It's staying at a 20 percent chance of rain for Friday and increasing to 30 percent on Saturday."

Shivers said many of the calls were due to downed power lines.

"The request for aid from the public continued consistently for approximately two hours, until after 8 p.m.," Shivers said.

"Most of them were power lines down due to high winds, or tree limbs taking the lines down."

Shivers said there were also calls regarding lightning strikes near houses, one of which resulted in a total loss of a storage building. The structure was engulfed in flames when firefighters got there.

"We had one individual that was trapped in a roadway between a tree down and a power line down, but we successfully rescued him," Shivers said.

Several vehicle wrecks also were reported during the storms, including one that left six people, including four children, with what were described as non-critical injuries.

The head-on collision at Burris Mill and Millwood roads was not a direct result of the weather and may have stemmed, authorities say, from a domestic violence case.

A woman traveling south on Millwood crossed over the centerline in a curve near the Burris Mill crossing. She struck another vehicle driven by a man and carrying four children, authorities said.