57 incidents continue spate of weather-related havoc

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After another spate of severe weather pummeled Gwinnett on Wednesday evening, emergency officials counted 57 incidents caused by heavy rain, flash flooding and lightning in about a two-hour span.

The now-ubiquitous afternoon thunder claps started about 4:40 p.m., and Gwinnett County soon initiated protocol for high volumes of emergency calls, handling six reports of wires down, two house fires, an apartment fire, eight vehicle collisions and two reports of trees crashing into houses, among other calamities, said Fire Department spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden.

Despite the storm's impact, no injuries were reported.

"With the high volume activity and extreme weather conditions, the residents of Gwinnett County were protected both efficiently and effectively," Rhoden said in a release Thursday.

During the storm, a tree fell through a bedroom window of a Duluth home in the 2600 block of Camelot Court, and another on the front of a house in the 4200 block of Fallbrook Drive, also in Duluth.

Firefighters handled two fires cause by lightning -- in the 2500 block of Amerbrook Lane in Grayson, and in the 4600 block of Fairway View in Duluth, Rhoden said.

An apartment fire was called in at 1601 Club Lakes Parkway in the Water Vistas Apartments in Lawrenceville. Minor damage was reported and the fire was quickly investigated and extinguished, Rhoden said.

The incidents joined a string of lightning-caused house fires and storm-related hassles blamed on severe weather this month in Gwinnett.

Most notably, a severe thunderstorm on July 10 knocked down multiple trees and power lines in the Peachtree Corners area and ignited at least one house fire in Lawrenceville.