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Disappearing bees growing problem for crops

Updated: 05/24/2007 - It's a problem facing crops nationwide: the mysterious disappearance of hundreds of thousands of honey bees. Tuesday, Aiken beekeepers met to talk about that and other issues.

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Many don't know about water restrictions

Updated: 05/22/2007 - County and state water restriction have been in place for a little over a month now, but a lot of you are still not sure what the restrictions are. News 12 checked into the issue to help you make sure you don't break the rules.

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Smoke smell across CSRA

Updated: 05/16/2007 - Columbia County EMT Director Pam Tucker tells News 12 that smoke from the south Georgia/north Florida wildfires rolled across our area Wednesday due to regional wind patterns. Viewers saw and smelled the smoke all morning.

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Showers Thursday help firefighters in southeast Georgia

Updated: 05/10/2007 - Calmer winds and a sprinkling of rain helped firefighters make some gains Wednesday on wildfires that have caused evacuations of hundreds of homes in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida.

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South Augusta Flea Market main building destroyed in fire

Updated: 05/10/2007 - The main building of the South Augusta Flea Market on Doug Barnard Parkway went up in flames Monday morning. The dense smoke rolled over Augusta, blocking out the sun. 3 engine companies worked together to put out the blaze.

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State of Emergency declared for south Georgia counties

Updated: 05/03/2007 - Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency in several south Georgia counties due to the wildfires that continue to burn there. Perdue also lifted restrictions on lumber trucks.

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Low humidity fuels wildfire danger

Updated: 05/03/2007 - Forest rangers warn that because of the weather, devastating wildfires like those in south Georgia could also happen here. And now they say even the leaves that don't usually burn are becoming a hazard.

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Severe drought may soon hit Augusta area

Posted: 05/01/2007 - Severe drought conditions are just around the corner in our area. Parts of southeast Georgia are already suffering. It hasn't gotten bad here yet, but that all could change very soon.

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No end in sight for Waycross wildfire

Posted: 04/26/2007 - A wildfire continues to burn near Waycross. The blaze spread rapidly through the Okefenokee Swamp, crossed a highway and moved toward communities south of Waycross. Dozens of neighbors had to leave their homes.

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Record cold endangers crops

Updated: 04/09/2007 - A record cold April has affected all kinds of plants. With freezing temperatures expected again Sunday night, one local nursery waited it out to see what Mother Nature had in store. "It could be devastating..."

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FEMA adds Warren County to disaster list

Updated: 03/26/2007 - It's been nearly a month since an EF-2 tornado destroyed homes and lives. Now Warren County storm victims say they finally have some hope. FEMA has added Warren County to the federal disaster list for storm aid.

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Small earthquake surprises Columbia County residents

Updated: 03/14/2007 - A small earthquake hit Columbia County last night, prompting several calls to the Emergency Management office. The Savannah River Site says the 1.8 magnitude quake happened at 11:20 last night.

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Floods cause Grovetown road cave-in

Updated: 03/05/2007 - Thursday's storms also hit Grovetown. There, people weren't dealing with damage to their homes, but to their roads. Officials say the massive rain caused Pauline Street to cave in.

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Storm devastation seen from above

Updated: 03/05/2007 - The destruction from the storms on March 1 looks bad from the ground, but from the sky, you really get a sense of the extent of the damage. News 12 rode along with Richmond County's Air-Med to get aerial footage of all the destruction.

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EF2 tornado destroys McDuffie, Warren County homes

Updated: 03/13/2007 - McDuffie County was hit hard by March 1's twister. The National Weather Service says the path of destruction is a quarter mile wide in some spots. Home after home have trees either in them or on them.

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Overnight storms tear through CSRA

Updated: 03/05/2007 - Storms rolled through McDuffie and Warren Counties overnight, leaving severe damage in places. McDuffie County was hit by an F2 tornado. Gov. Perdue declared a state of emergency in nine Georgia counties, including McDuffie.

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Red Cross opens shelter in response to tornadoes

Posted: 03/02/2007 - The American Red Cross of Augusta has opened a shelter for individuals affected by the tornadoes at the First Baptist Church in Thomson, Georgia. This is made possible by the generous contributions of the local community.

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Power outage in Thomson and Harlem

Posted: 03/02/2007 - Due to last night's severe weather, Jefferson Energy Cooperative is reporting outages in the Thomson and Harlem areas. Line crews and customer service personnel have been called in for restoration efforts.

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Gov. Perdue declares state of emergency in McDuffie County

Posted: 03/02/2007 - Gov. Sonny Perdue issued an executive order today declaring a state of emergency in six Georgia counties after severe weather hit the state overnight. Gov. Perdue left Atlanta early this morning to personally inspect the damage.

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New Daylight Saving Time causes headaches

Updated: 02/27/2007 - The new date for Daylight Saving Time is three weeks earlier than in previous years. The government is making the change to hopefully save energy. But as News 12 discovered, it's taking a lot of energy to change time.

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StormFEST 2007

Updated: 02/05/2007 - 150 people joined StormTeam 12 meteorologist Adam Clark at Fort Discovery on Saturday for StormFEST 2007. Over 100 people became certified storm spotters, trained on how to spot weather warning signs.

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