Tropical Storm Zeta left its mark on Gwinnett County, leaving downed trees and power lines across the county Thursday morning.

According to Capt. Tommy Rutledge, Gwinnett County firefighters began responding to an influx of wind-related incidents just before 5 a.m. on Thursday. Rutledge said the majority of calls included wires and trees down in the roadway and on structures.

Rutledge said an adult occupant was taken to the hospital (non-emergency) around 6 a.m. after a tree fell on a house on the 1100 block of Smoke Hill Lane, NE in Hoschton. He said firefighters freed the occupant from inside the house when the tree crashed through the roof. There is extensive damage to the home.

Rutledge said Fire Command staff worked closely with emergency dispatchers to monitor call volume and update unit deployments as the storm moved through.

Active incidents include of a tree reported on a building:

• 2100 block of Kilgore Road, NE in Buford

• 600 block of Clemson Lane, NE in Lawrenceville

Wires Down:

• Coachmann cove, SW in Snellville

• Norcross Village Mobile Home Park in Norcross

• Gunnin Road, NW in Peachtree Corners

• Chattawood Drive, NW in Duluth

• Linda Lane, SW in Lilburn

• Suwanee Valley Road, NW in Lawrenceville

• Rockbridge Way, NW in Norcross

• Buford Dam road, NE and Sycamore Road in Buford

• Kilgore Road, NE in Buford

Residents are encouraged to use caution as they venture outside. Avoid contact with downed power lines and trees and report hazardous conditions to 911.

Of the many trees downed by Tropical Storm Zeta, one was blocking Interstate 985 South at Buford Drive. The tree blocked all soutbound lanes early this morning, but has been moved to the right shoulder, although there are still lengthy delays.

Gwinnett County police tweeted at 8:30 a.m.: "We have reports of trees down and wires down all over Gwinnett. We are working with DOT crews to clear tree debris but if a power line is impacted we have to close the roadway and wait for a power company crew. Please look for alternate routes and expect delays."

• Gwinnett police said that Buford Highway is closed at Pittman Circle "for an extended period due to wires down" and that Whitehead Road in Sugar Hill is shut down due to wires down.

The city of Lawrenceville reported widespread power outages. 

"All city crews and additional staff are currently working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible throughout our service area," the city said via Twitter.

The city of Suwanee said that Buford Highway at Suwanee Creek "will be closed all day to clean up tree limbs and debris and fix downed power lines."

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