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Lake Hartwell - From Burnt Orange-Red Clay Shoreline to Flood Stage

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More Rain for Some Towns Tonight:  Kendra and I have been following the rain this afternoon and both of us think another round of post-sunset downpours are going to flare up again.

While we expect these spotty downpours to happen again tonight, some places will deal with very heavy rain capable of flooding and some places will not.  This will be very similar to the last couple of nights. 

On another note, I can't remember a time when I have seen the following statement issued by the national Weather Service at GSP: 

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR LAKE HARTWELL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Use extreme caution on area roads in the places where very heavy rain develops.

Drought Seems a Distant Memory:  There's no need explaining what Lake Hartwell looked like back in 2007 through 2011.  Many of us know because we saw it day after day.  Many of you lived it because it directly or indirectly affected your lives around Anderson, Hart, Oconee, Pickens, Stephens, Franklin, Elbert and Abbeville counties. 

Think back for a minute.  It was just as easy to see the burnt orange, red clay shoreline as it was to see the low levels of blue water.  Docks weren't even functional at some points during that time span.  Old roads and concrete structures even became exposed and people were urged to use caution while out boating due to hazards such as trees and other debris above the water level. 

Those days are long gone now.  A surplus of rain in the neighborhood of 18" to two-feet above normal has pushed the lake above flood stage at times this week. 

A comparison of the spillway below the dam in July of 2009 to what that spillway looked like on Tuesday (7-9-13) of this week shows just how striking the difference and how much water is being released from the lake just to keep the flooding threat down.

Chantal Weakening:  Chantal has weakened past tropical storm status today.  Even though the National Hurricane Center has stopped issuing advisory statements on the remnants of Chantal (for now), the system could still have an impact on our forecast. 

The complex of storms making up what's left of Chantal may impact our weather five-six days from now, but it's still tough to identify exactly what sort of impact the system will have on us or anyone in the southeast for that matter.

 

 

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