Gwinnett ducks major storm damage

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A slow-moving, pop-up thunderstorm kept firefighters across Gwinnett on their toes Monday night, but no major damages or widespread power outages were reported, officials said.

A severe line of thunderstorms from Tucker to Snellville crept at 5 mph but lost intensity as it moved through the southern Gwinnett area. The National Weather Service called off a severe thunderstorm warning at 9:30 p.m., officials said.

Firefighters responded to a few reports of trees and wires down in parts of the county, but there was no significant damage or loss of power reported, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

About 8:30 p.m., firefighters responded to Norris Lake near Snellville when a caller reported that a boater was stranded under a bridge, seeking refuge from wind and intense lightning.

"The man was able to communicate with firefighters via his cell phone and reported that he was not hurt," Rutledge said.

The boater safely exited the water on his own when the storm subsided. Firefighters advise that boaters and lake-goers stay alert to changing weather conditions and leave the water when a storm approaches, Rutledge said.