clear
Saturday September 5th, 2015 6:20AM

High fire danger, freeze warning; winds expected to diminish

By Ken Stanford Reporter
As the fallout continues from superstorm Sandy, a high fire danger exists for north Georgia and several north Georgia counties - mainly to the north and west of Gainesville - are under a Freeze Warning. They are: Bartow, Chattooga, Dawson, Cherokee, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Lumpkin, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Towns, Union and White.

The high fire danger warning comes one day after the Georgia Forestry Commission warned that the winds from Sandy, which also buffeted north Georgia, were rapidly drying things out and creating the danger for grass and woods fires. Low humidity is also a factor. (See separate story.)

The strong winds that prevailed Monday and Tuesday across the northern third of the state were expected to lessen somewhat Wednesday as the storm system moved through upstate New York and toward Canada.

The top wind gust reported at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville since the storm began impacting weather in north Georgia Sunday was 38 mph. That was recorded on Monday. Elsewhere in the area, 29 mph was the top gust reported in Blairsville, 24 in Clayton and 34 in Cornelia. A wind advisory and high wind warning had been in place most of Monday and Tuesday for select north Georgia counties.

There were numerous reports of trees down or tree limbs snapped across the region as far south as metro Atlanta. (See earlier stories.)
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Week 2: Streaks continue, end for area teams
West Hall, Commerce, Lanier, and Jefferson all continued their winning ways in grand style while Buford saw its 42-game win streak come to a screeching halt on a Friday night of lopsided wins around northeast Georgia.
9:00AM ( 2 hours from now )
Sentencing handed down for two former Hall Co. Sheriff Office employees
Federal Judge Richard Story handed out two similar sentences in U.S. District Court in Gainesville Friday afternoon but called each case unique to itself.
6:41PM ( 11 hours ago )
More attempted political comebacks set for Nov. 3; Clermont special election likely in March
As the books closed on qualifying for the Nov. 3 city elections Friday,the number of former office-holders seeking a political comeback in northeast Georgia increased.
6:36PM ( 11 hours ago )
Hall deputies arrest suspect in 2014 molestation case
Acting on a tip, Hall County Sheriff's Office warrants deputies arrested a man this week, suspected of child molestation in 2012.
1:17PM ( 17 hours ago )
Alto man arrested for growing pot
An Alto man is behind bars after authorities say he tried to cut down and dispose of marijuana plants while authorities were searching for pot growers from a helicopter.
12:38PM ( 17 hours ago )