Saturday's tropical storm-fed rainfall in Gainesville was the biggest one-day total in more than two months.
According to data recorded at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, .78 inches fell as the remnants of Tropical Storm Nestor moved through the state. That was also more than fell during all of September (.57) when the area was in the grip of a late-summer, early-fall drought and heatwave. There were unofficial reports of as much as one-to-1.5 inches in the Gainesville area Saturday.
The National Weather Service says the greater totals in north and central Georgia occurred along a line from LaGrange to Griffin to Eatonton, and from Americus to Pineview to Dublin. In these areas, 3-6 inches of rain fell.
The wind was another factor. The weather service reports that the top gust in Gainesville was 30 miles-an-hour, recorded just before 3:00 Saturday afternoon.
But, Nestor is now history, as far as Georgia is concerned, having moved into the Carolinas overnight, leaving behind clearing skies. Rain-free days are expected Sunday and Monday before the next round of showers moves into north Georgia on Monday night.
Officials with the Hall County Emergency Management Agency reported Saturday night that there had been no weather-related problems in the county as a result of the wind and rain. In White County, Habersham EMC reported some power outages Saturday night, according to a posting on Facebook.