Gwinnett weathers storms unharmed

LAWRENCEVILLE - With much of Georgia under a severe weather advisory Wednesday - including wind advisories and tornado watches and warnings - Gwinnett was relatively unscathed.

At press time Wednesday, Gwinnett County remained under a tornado watch. Gwinnett fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said despite reports, there were no confirmed tornadoes or incidents of major storm damage.

"It appears that Gwinnett County was fortunate enough to have escaped the brunt of the storms," Rutledge said. "There were no confirmations of funnel clouds or confirmed tornadoes anywhere in the county."

According to the National Weather Service, a strong, spring-like storm system that moved in from the mid-south was to blame for severe weather conditions.

Just before 7 p.m., Rutledge said, a fire truck was deployed to a Buford residence after a call about a fallen tree resting on the side of a house. There was no structure damage and no one was injured, and Rutledge said the truck was sent as a precaution because the tree fell near the home's utilities.

Rutledge added that there were a few reports of power lines down in the northern and southwest portions of the county.

The Weather Service said today will be sunny with a high of 52 degrees and that it should remain sunny and mostly clear until Saturday night, when there is a 50 percent chance of rain.