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Hurricane Danny may bring rain

July 22, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

The remnants of Hurricane Danny are expected to drift into the area tonight, spreading rain through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather officials would not predict how much rain would fall in the Hagerstown area, but said the precipitation could be heavy depending on how the system develops in the area.

The chance of rain for today and tonight is 80 percent and the chance of precipitation for Thursday is 70 percent, said Jim Decarufel, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Washington, D.C.

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Drought-like conditions have been felt in the area for weeks, making it particularly difficult for farmers in the region.

"Personally, I'm pretty tired of watering my lawn," said Decarufel.

Hurricane Danny came ashore in Alabama over the weekend, but the system has been downgraded to a low-pressure system, said weather officials.

Not everyone is convinced the rain is coming.

Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer said the low-pressure system appears to have stalled in Alabama. Keefer questioned whether it will produce any rain at all if it moves north.

"The last time I looked, it's still just spinning in place," said Keefer.

The National Weather Service said the rain is expected to say in the area until Friday, then the region can expect a return of 90-degree temperatures over the weekend, said Keefer.

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