Georgia shrimpers are asking the federal government to declare this fall's shrimp harvest a disaster. Final harvest numbers won't be in for another month. But shrimpers are reporting some of their worst fall harvests ever. A disaster declaration would make harvesters eligible for financial aid. A spokesman for the industry says the summer's heavy rains and a marine disease led to the low shrimp populations.
Authorities say much of central and south Georgia will once again be under a flash flood watch as more heavy rains are expected. The watch includes the cities of Americus, Dublin, Macon, Milledgeville and Vidalia. It is scheduled to be in effect from noon Tuesday through Tuesday evening.
Georgia wine growers say this year might not be their best vintage. The heavy rain Georgia has seen this summer isn't ruining this year's harvest. But it will delay grape processing and possibly dilute sugars and flavors that make the best wines.
Forecasters say all of north Georgia will be under a flash flood watch through late Thursday night as heavy rains are again possible in the region. The flood watch comes a day after rains flooded homes and roads in the north Georgia mountains on Wednesday.
Your power bill may be lower than usual this month largely due to heavy rains in May. The Tennessee Valley Authority recalculates its wholesale rates at the beginning of every month based on fuel and purchased power costs. This July's rate is about 10 percent lower than last year.