Rain slowly washes annual deficit away

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Afternoon and evening thundershowers continue to lower the area's annual rainfall deficit, weather officials said Monday.

A trace was added Monday to the nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain that fell Sunday at Augusta's Bush Field, leaving the annual regional deficit at 1.9 inches below normal.

Sunday's rain came with strong winds and intense lightning that left scattered damage across the region.

Georgia Power Co. reported that at the height of Sunday night's storm about 10,000 customers were affected, although all but about a dozen had power restored by Monday morning, said Carol Boatright, a spokeswoman for the utility.

Damage elsewhere was scattered. Church softball was supposed to start its season Monday night at Harrison-Caver Park in the Clearwater/Langley/Bath area. But storm-related problems postponed the games.

Pam Tucker, the director of Columbia County's Emergency Management Agency, said there were no power outages and no storm damage Sunday in Columbia County.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Ga., forecasts showers and thunderstorms for central Georgia throughout the week.


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