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Fallen tree knocks out power for some DeKalb County residents

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It was a dark and stormy night in DeKalb County Sunday night.

"Last night I was awakened by a loud crash. It was probably about 1:30 a.m.," said Tom Nguyen.

The loud crash was Mother Nature causing problems in Nguyen's Chamblee neighborhood.

"I look out my window then all the sudden I see a transformer in my neighbor's yard exploding," Nguyen said.

Heavy wind and rain forced a large tree to fall in Nguyen's front yard, but not before it clipped a power pole, knocking out service to more than 100 homes in a Chamblee, DeKalb County neighborhood. The tree fell near the intersection of Dresden Road and Marlin Way, which is just south of Hallooed Road off of Interstate 85.

Nguyen said it's not the first time this has happened and he's tired of it.

"This is the third time that a tree has fallen. It was only less than a month ago, maybe two, that another tree fell down and knocked out power lines. This whole block was out for at least a week," Nguyen said.

First responders, utility companies and government workers have been extremely busy this summer. Government officials said the wet weather, soggy ground and high winds have led to a large number of downed trees and broken power poles, and unfortunately, there is not much that can be done. That's frustrating to Nguyen and many of his neighbors.

"It worries me that sometimes I will park my car on the very end of the street and I am afraid that one day a tree is just going to fall right on top of my car. Branches have already fallen on my car before and dented it, but I couldn't do anything about it," Nguyen said.

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