Apartments damaged by fallen trees

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than two dozen people were displaced late Monday when lightning strikes sent trees crashing into several buildings at Magnolia Pointe Apartments.

Lightning from a passing thunderstorm at 10:23 p.m. split several large trees that blew over onto buildings 9, 10 and 12 at the complex at 1475 Boggs Road. A total of seven apartment units were damaged and 28 people were displaced, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge of the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

One woman was also transported to Joan Glancy Hospital in Duluth for evaluation. Her name and condition were not made public due to federal patient privacy laws, Rutledge said.

Sidney Moses, 19, was in the living room of his second-floor apartment when a tall pine tree landed on the roof of his building.

"I was eating a pizza and I heard something go 'boom!'" Moses said as he stood in the shade outside the building Tuesday, trying to avoid the summer heat. "The ceiling cracked and water started coming through."

Water began dripping all over Moses' table and couch, so he grabbed buckets to catch the downpour. None of his family belongings were damaged. Moses said he and his mother would probably have to move to another apartment complex because no other three-bedroom units were available in Magnolia Pointe.

The Red Cross was assisting the residents with temporary housing and other needs, Rutledge said.