Early Monday morning thunderstorms produced a lot of lightning but caused little damage in Forsyth County, authorities said.
“Out of that wave of storms that came through, with the number of obvious lightning strikes in the area, to only have one call for a structure fire was quite fortunate,” said Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers. “We’ve certainly had it more active than that in the past.”
Shivers said the structure fire occurred early Monday on Ivy Lane in Cumming. The lightning likely caused a fire to a detached garage.
According to Shivers, no one was living in the garage and there were no cars inside, just household storage including files, a lawnmower and used furniture.
The storm dropped 0.85 inches of rain, which didn’t affect the level of Lake Lanier much.
As of Tuesday, the lake was just below 1,065 feet above sea level. That’s about 6 feet below full pool.
According to the National Weather service, there is a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms today. The rest of the week is expected to be partly cloudy to sunny.
“The storm that came through overnight and [Monday] morning was very heavy in lightning, so having only one causing damage was quite lucky,” Shivers said.
Forsyth’s neighbors to the east and north also experienced some weather-related activity Monday.
The storms were being blamed for two building fires in Hall County and fallen trees in Dawson County.
In Hall, lighting strikes during the height of the storm are believed to have caused fires that damaged an old chicken house in Oakwood and a mobile home near Gainesville.
In Dawson, a number of trees were toppled, leading to at least one road closure, though crews had debris cleared and the road reopened by daybreak.