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Storm knocks out power to thousands, damages home
Power Company Truck
A utility company truck passes by a fire engine that is blocking Kelly Mill Road on the way to repair several broken power poles. - photo by Jim Dean

A strong storm that rolled through Cumming just after 6 p.m. on Monday left downed trees, thousands without power and at least one home with a tree through its roof.

Firefighters responding to a call of a downed tree on a power line west of Cumming found the storm – which moved straight through the middle of Forsyth County from north to south – had blown trees onto power lines along Kelly Mill Road west of Chamblee Gap Road, snapping three utility poles in half and leaving energized lines dangling.

The Forsyth County Fire Department responded to a total of 17 calls of wires down and two false alarms due to the storm, according to Division Chief Barry Head.

They were also called to a home on Memphis Street in west Forsyth after the residents, who neighbors said had only moved in a couple of weeks prior, called to report a tree had come crashing through their roof.

The Red Cross responded to the scene to help the two adults and one child living there find shelter, as the home was deemed unlivable.

There were no reported wrecks caused by the storm, said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

“People stayed where they were when this thing came through,” he said.

Deputies responded to a handful of reports of trees downed across roadways, including on Carolene Way in Fowler Park and Porter Road off Dawsonville Highway (Hwy. 53) in north Forsyth, which is where the storm first rolled through.

At the height of the storm around 6 p.m., Cumming-based electric services provider Sawnee EMC had about 3,500 accounts without power, said Blake House, vice president of member services.

By midnight, the company’s online outage tracker showed about 200 customers remained without power, most near the incident of origin on Kelly Mill Road.

Editor Kayla Robins contributed to this report.