While Hurricane Dennis managed to slow down a bit before making landfall, its effects were widespread. In addition to the expected coastal damage near where the storm hit the gulf, here are some rainfall amounts from the southeast for Dennis, through 1 PM on Monday:
Austell GA – 9.57 inches
Peachtree City GA – 7.94 inches
Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport – 6.72 inches
Tallahassee FL – 6.64 inches
Fort Myers FL – 4.54 inches
Meridian MS – 3.18 inches
It’s amazing that Georgia has apparently received more rain from Dennis than other locations, particularly in Alabama and Florida, however, that’s the best information that I can find. Mobile Alabama is reporting 10.33 inches through today, and Pensacola reports 4.76 inches of rain for the month. And, that’s through two tropical events.
Atlanta’s monthly rainfall to date is 13 inches, a new record that eclipses that of July, 1994, when tropical storm Alberto stalled in Georgia. Here in Lawrenceville, we’ve had 1.95 inches of rain from Dennis and a total of 6.8 inches for the month — a reflection of the fact that the worst of Dennis occurred on the south and west sides of the metro area. For the year, Atlanta is reporting 33.2 inches of rain, compared to 29.8 inches in Lawrenceville.
Of course, Dennis isn’t finished yet; there is still more rain to come in Indiana and Illinois, where an additional 6 inches of rain is predicted over the next 48 hours.
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Five continues its westward march. It’s not yet an official tropical storm, with winds at 35 MPH, but all expectations are that it will turn into a named storm by this time tomorrow.