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Rain just a brief respite from drought
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Storms Wednesday evening doused Newton County with three-quarter inches of rain, but the precipitation for the year is down about 25 percent from average.

Rainfall since Jan. 1 at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center is at 18.89 inches. In an average year, Newton County should receive 25.11 inches of rainfall through June 15.

The National Weather Service reported 1.25-inch hail in Newton County about 8:33 p.m. Wednesday. One-inch hail was reported in Walnut Grove about 9:45 p.m., and three trees were reported down south of Rocky Plains about 10:10 p.m.

Scattered power outages were reported, especially around Jackson Lake, according to Snapping Shoals EMC. There were about 2,045 Snapping Shoals customers who lost power Wednesday, but all service has been restored. The city of Covington reported few problems, with less than 20 customers effected.

It will be muggy and hot today, with a mostly sunny sky and a high of 94, according to forecasters. Expect a high of 97 degrees for Friday and highs in the mid to upper 90s through Monday, with only a slight chance of thunderstorms for Friday and Saturday.