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Monday, November 9, 2009 - 8:32am

Rains Slowly Moving Out of Georgia

Rainfall from the weather system formerly known as Tropical Storm Ida was slowly subsiding across the state Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service radar as of 7:30 a.m. showed only pockets of rain falling in North Georgia.

Forecasters say a wind advisory will stay in place for the northern half of Georgia until 7 p.m. tonight. Winds of 15 to 30 mph are predicted, with gusts up to 40 mph.

Rainfall amounts have totaled multiple inches from the period of Monday at noon to early this morning. Areas of extreme north and northwest Georgia have received 5-6 inches of rain; the rest of north Georgia, extending south through Macon and over to Columbus received rainfall amounts generally in the range of 3-4 inches.

The weather system also spawned from moderate flooding of some creeks.

Click here to check out the National Weather Service radar.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says water is not being released downstream from Lake Lanier as the weather system moves through. The exception is a minimal amount of water needed to run a small generator at the reservoir.

Corps spokesman Patrick Robbins says it’s all because this weather system is basically moving south to north. That allows lakes downstream along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin to fill-up first.

"It appears the whole basin is getting a pretty significant (amount), anywhere from 2-6 inches depending on how the weather pattern moves through. Obviously, there will be a lot of water downstream so we’ll just hold it in Lanier, until we monitor downstream and when conditions settle we’ll go back to normal releases."

In September the Corps was criticized for continuing to release water out of north Georgia’s Lanier reservoir during the drenching rains that sparked flooding. But Robbins says that weather system came in from the west, still requiring water be sent downstream.

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