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Rain still in forecast, but not as likely

POSTED: June 11, 2013 12:04 a.m.

If one drop of rain doesn’t fall on Hall County until mid-August, the area would still have a surplus of rain for 2013.

And even though the likelihood isn’t strong, rain is in the forecast through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

A dry spell may not be in the works, but the next few days at least may not resemble Monday, when more than 2 inches were recorded at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

On Monday, the Peachtree City-based weather agency’s database showed that Gainesville had received 35.24 inches to date this year, compared to the normal amount of 24.21 inches — an 11-inch surplus.

The normal amount through August is 35.73 inches.

Monday’s wind and rain caused trouble in some areas of Hall County, including trees falling on roads and minor accidents.

At one point during the heavy downpours, the Georgia Department of Transportation reported on Twitter a wreck with three vehicles involved on Interstate 985 southbound near Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office later reported three accidents on I-985 at Spout Springs Road that shut down the interstate for a short time around noon.

Flowery Branch police worked two of the wrecks and Georgia State Patrol, the third one, said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

One benefit from this year’s steady rains is they have helped recharge Lake Lanier.

The lake is up 16 feet since late December, and was at 1,072.5 feet above sea level as of 10:15 Monday night. The lake’s summer full pool, which took effect May 1, is 1,071 feet.

The last time Lanier was below full pool — including the winter level of 1,070 feet — was on April 2, when Lanier was at 1,069.98 feet.


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