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Winds, rain lash county at rush hour
Storm damage not as bad as in other counties
A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy diverts traffic Monday after storms toppled a tree across Hwy. 9. - photo by Jared Putnam
It appears Forsyth fared better than other metro Atlanta counties when severe weather struck Monday afternoon.Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the department responded to 12 incidents from 5 to 8 p.m.The storm struck at rush hour and the county's outdoor weather sirens, used to signal a tornado warning, sounded just after 5 p.m."The storm front moved through rather quickly and, fortunately for Forsyth County, did very little damage as compared to some of our neighbors," Shivers said. "We did not respond to any reports of damaged homes or businesses, and our call volume was lower than typical for spring storms. However, this was a great reminder to all of us of the power and unpredictability of the changing of the seasons."Shivers said the department handled five reports of downed power lines, one wreck, three medical emergencies and three fire alarms during the storm.