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Tropical storms may bring more relief for parched Northeast Georgia

POSTED: September 4, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Tropical Storm Fay provided some relief last week to Lake Lanier.

Is more much-needed rainfall on the way?

Tropical Storm Hanna and two other potential systems are lining up in the tropics.

Fay pushed up the level of Lake Lanier by more than 2 feet last week, but it was no drought buster.

Forecasters initially said that, judging by computer models, Fay could bring torrential rain to North Georgia. But then the system doglegged into the Gulf of Mexico and meandered around the South.

It dumped plenty of rain wherever it went, but not enough for Lanier.

"One tropical (storm) is not enough to bring the lake back to normal," said Lisa Coghlan, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates Lanier.

Fifty-five North Georgia counties, including Hall, are still under Level 4 drought rules. Residents are allowed to water on odd-even days depending on their street address, but they can only use a handheld garden hose and may not water for more than 25 minutes a day.

Sunshine and warm temperature brought Labor Day revelers out to Lake Lanier parks Sunday.

People took advantage of the long weekend, cooking out with families and church groups, climbing through playgrounds or just walking along broad shorelines.

Forecasters, while focusing on Hurricane Gustav and the possible havoc it could cause this week in Gulf Coast states, are looking at other potential storm systems.

As of Sunday night, Georgia was in the projected path of Hanna, which could have a possible landfall by Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

The forecast for the area calls for a 30 percent chance of thundershowers Saturday and Sunday.

Two other systems east of Hanna are developing, with one having a "low probability of formation" into a storm and the other a high probability, according to the weather service.



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