The drier conditions lately have been a welcome change for people across the state, especially those whose business depends on the weather. A small group of workers shoveled dirt recently on either side of a newly-poured sidewalk inside a new subdivision in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. It was a rare event; for most of the year they’ve been shoveling mud.
The wet, humid weather is behind an explosion in the aphid population in northwest Georgia. Extension service official Keith Mickler says large numbers of small, white bugs seem to be floating around in the air. The insects are Asian wooly hackberry aphids.
Weeks of heavy rain that have drenched much of the Southeast have been a blessing at a wildlife refuge that straddles the Georgia-Florida state line. Officials at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge say it's enjoying a swamp water level about a foot higher than average and low fire anxiety.
An upcoming dragboat racing event in Augusta has been canceled because of rising floodwaters along the Savannah River. The Augusta Southern Nationals dragboat races were canceled. The races were scheduled to be held July 19-21.
A flash flood watch remains in effect through Friday evening for parts of north Georgia and west central Georgia. Forecaster said before dawn Friday that additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches appears likely through this evening, with locally higher amounts possible. Forecasters have extended a flood warning for metro Atlanta through Saturday morning as rain continues to elevate river and stream levels.
National Weather Service officials confirmed Friday a tornado touched down in Cherokee County during severe thunderstorms Thursday evening. Georgia Power officials say crews are still working to restore power to about 44,000 customers this afternoon. Most of those customers are in metro Atlanta.
Forecasters are predicting severe storms for much of Georgia. The storms are expected to fire up ahead of a cold front that will enter far north Georgia early Thursday afternoon and push southeast across most of the state.