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Why Irma hit Hall County so hard
Drought-weakened trees led to more power outages in county
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A fallen tree pulls up the sidewalk along J Avenue in Chicopee as Monday's storms from what was Hurricane Irma pass through Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers
Georgia’s yearlong drought is one of the reasons Tropical Storm Irma caused so much damage in North Georgia. Thousands of trees were blown over in Hall County on Monday and Tuesday, and the cause goes right down to their roots and Hall’s parched 2016.