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Looks like summer will come to a dry end at Lake Lanier

POSTED: September 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Lake Lanier is looking to close out the summer well below the normal full pool of 1,071 feet.

The lake is about 16 feet below full pool, and there are few chances for rain this week.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City is calling for a chance of thunderstorms through Tuesday, but conditions should pretty much dry up after that.

Meanwhile, it looks like Northeast Georgia is dodging another major tropical storm that could help reverse dropping water levels.

Hurricane Ike, like Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Gustav before it, slammed other parts of the country, but no remnants are headed toward Northeast Georgia.

Forecasters thought Hanna might make landfall near Savannah, which would have been the first time in more than a century that Georgia had taken a direct hit from a major hurricane.

Tropical Storm Fay was the last serious rain event for Hall County.

It spawned three tornadoes, but it also pushed up the level of Lake Lanier by more than 2 feet.

However, the lake still is lower than it ever has been at this time of year.

The good news for those visiting the lake or other tourist stops in Northeast Georgia is that cooler weather is moving into the area.

High temperatures should stay in the upper 70s throughout the week, with lows hovering near 60.



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