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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

August 19, 2008

NORMAN PARK, GA (WALB) - Tropical Storm Fay might make it's way to South Georgia later this week. While many people may dread a possible strike from a tropical storm many farmers are looking forward to it.

They say it's a pivotal time for them. Many crops such as cotton and peanuts really need the water the storm would bring right now.

But Fay could also cause trouble. Many farmers are harvesting corn now. It's dry and vulnerable. Heavy wind could damage corn and other produce crops.

Still the possibility of high winds aren't changing farmer Heath Wetherington's thoughts on the potential bad weather.

"If you went out and polled a lot of the farmers around here, they would probably be hoping that the storm came our way because of the water deficit we're in with the drought. But you know like I said the pros may out way the cons in this situation as far as the rain goes. We could do without the damaging winds but the rains would definitely be good for this area," says Wetherington.

The area did see rain Sunday night and Monday. Every drop helps, but we still have a major rain deficit.

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