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Businesses damaged, roads closed after morning storms

Clean-up crews and emergency responders were hard at work across Forsyth County, recovering from a storm that ripped through the area early Saturday morning. 

According to Division Chief Jason Shivers, spokesman for the Forsyth County Fire Department, storms rolled through the county at about 6 a.m. Saturday. In less than 30 minutes, certain parts of the county received 3 inches of rain and wind gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour, he said.

Shivers said that the awnings of three gas stations west of Cumming on Canton Highway and south of Cumming on Atlanta Highway were toppled and seriously damaged by the strong gusts. He added that several small structure fires caused by lightning strikes were reported and handled by the fire department during the incident. 

"We currently don't think there was any tornadic activity," Shiver said, calling the weather "strong early morning summer storms." 

Beyond the serious damage to structures and roadways, Shivers said that no injuries were reported due to the storm. 

Authorities are reporting that some roadways will remain closed through the afternoon as obstructions are cleared away. As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Shivers said that Atlanta Highway is closed in some areas due to downed power lines in the roadway. He added that Chamblee Gap Road is also partially closed due to fallen trees in the roadway.

Shivers said that drivers should seek alternate routes to avoid those roadways, and both will likely remain closed through the afternoon. 

Online editor Jim Dean contributed to this report.