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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 9:56am

No Drought Relief From Storm

Tropical storm Lee drenched a small part of the northwest corner of the state causing dozens to evacuate their homes. But the scant rain in the rest of the state relieved very little of the drought.

"Unfortunately most of the state did not get hit by very much rain," says Pam Knox, the assistant state climatologist. "The very far west north corner got up to eight inches which is great—probably too much of a good thing, but they were already the least droughty of the whole state."

Knox says where the rain was needed most—in central and south Georgia and along the coast—there was less than an inch.

A fire in the Okeefonokee Wildlife Refuge that has consumed 300,000 acres since April is still smoldering.

Most of the state is at two to three inches below normal rainfall.

As the peak of the tropical season nears this weekend, Knox says it’s possible some storms brewing in the Atlantic could provide relief especially to the coast.

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