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Severe weather returns
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Forsyth County News

For the second time in four days, fast-moving thunderstorms swept across Forsyth and other counties.

While no one was injured late Saturday afternoon, the severe weather disrupted power service in some areas and made travel difficult.

Karleen Chalker, spokeswoman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said most of the calls the agency received were related to downed trees or power lines.

She said the westbound lane of Hwy. 20 at Sawnee Drive was closed for about three hours after a power line fell.

"By about 9 p.m. all the roads were open with the exception of a couple smaller roads," Chalker said.

Calls started about 5:40 p.m., she said, with a majority coming in after 6 p.m. Deputies scrambled to check every road that was reported as blocked or having some other weather-related issue.

"We did have some chainsaws available and officers were cutting down whatever trees they could and getting them out of the roadways," Chalker said.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said no fires were reported as a result of the storm Saturday night.

Still, firefighters were busy fielding calls of power lines lying across roads and trees that had fallen on homes.

He said no injuries were reported as a result of the storm.

The most serious damage was caused when a tree fell on White Oaks at Lanier on Elm Street.

"There were no injuries there either, but that was probably the worst of the damage we responded to," Shivers said.

The thunderstorms were the second band in a week to hit the county.

On the night of June 15, three waves of storms charged through over about five hours.

Firefighters responded to five structural blazes thought to have been lightning-related that night, as well as four lightning strikes that did not start fires.