Drought conditions have returned to more than half of Georgia and are closing in on Hall County and others in the immediate Gainesville area.<br />
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of the affected counties are in central and South Georgia. Some in southern part of the state are experiencing a "severe drought." For most of the state, though, including parts of north Georgia conditions are considered "abnormally dry." <br />
The counties in north Georgia where drought conditions exist include all or parts of Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin, Pickens, Gilmer, Cherokee, Stephens. Franklin and Elbert. (See link below for a map detailing drought conditions statewide.)<br />
The Drought Monitor notes that a year ago Georgia was "drought free."
The woman who was shot and critically wounded by a Georgia sheriff told a detective the shooting was an accident that happened while they were practicing self-defense tactics in an empty model home in Gwinnett County, her father said Friday.