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Tropical storms wipe out drought

By Greg Gelpi

A month of tropical storms has washed away the area's drought.

The area has "plenty of water," said Mike Leary, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

"We really count on these September tropical storms," Leary said.

In fact, this September has brought much more rain than usual.

A "typical" September in Jonesboro produces about 3.5 inches of rain, but the area experienced more than that in one day on two occasions this month coinciding with tropical storms Frances and Ivan.

"This is definitely more rain than usual," Leary said. "Historically, going through the same time frame of September, this is a lot of rain."

Frances brought 3.55 inches of rain on Sept. 7, and Ivan brought 3.95 inches Sept. 16. Most recently, Tropical Storm Jeanne dumped 2.77 inches of rain Monday.