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150 Ga. counties designated drought disaster areas

Posted: 09/08/2011 - The request to federal officials had been made by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who said he hoped the available aid would relieve some of the burden the drought had imposed on the state's No. 1 industry.

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Augusta urges residents to be proactive during drought

Drought

Posted: 09/08/2011 - According to the report, trees should be hand watered with at least 2 inches of water per week until the drought cycle ends. Heavy, infrequent watering is the most productive way to keep trees hydrated.

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NC county tells 35,000 to leave as Irene nears East Coast

Hurricane

Updated: 08/25/2011 - The Dare County Control Group said in a statement Thursday that Irene poses a serious threat, with hurricane force winds and the potential for flooding over highways and roads throughout the area.

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Evacuations begin in NC ahead of Hurricane Irene

Hurricane

Updated: 08/24/2011 - Tourists on a small North Carolina island have begun evacuating as Hurricane Irene heads for the East Coast and it's the first test of whether people will heed orders to get out of the way of what could be a monstrous storm.

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Irene weakens to Category 1 hurricane

Hurricane

Updated: 08/23/2011 - Irene's center was 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-southwest of Grand Turk Island. It was moving west-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

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Wind, lightning leave mess around Lake Olmstead

Storm damage

Updated: 07/14/2011 - It was quite an impressive lightning storm Wednesday night and between the lightning and the wind, dozens around Lake Olmstead spent the day getting things back to normal.

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Wildfires close Okefenokee refuge over holiday

Georgia wildfires

Updated: 07/04/2011 - Rangers at the refuge, which draws about 400,000 visitors in a full year, typically see a noticeable bump during the Fourth of July weekend as tourists head outdoors for boating, fishing and nature watching.Wildfires close Okefenokee refuge over the holiday weekend.

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Officials: 5 injured in Columbia lightning strike

Lightning

Updated: 06/29/2011 - A spokesman for the Columbia Fire Department says the workers were near the tree at apartments near Benedict College when it was struck by lightning in a storm that rolled through downtown Tuesday afternoon.

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South Carolina on track to beat heat records

Heat

Posted: 06/25/2011 - The high in Columbia has been 90 degrees or above every day so far in June. The city has never recorded a June without at least one day where the high stayed in the 80s.

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