Staff Photo: John Bohn Ray Spaulding, of Lawrenceville, loads groceries into the trunk of his car as rain falls in Duluth, along the Sugarloaf Parkway Tuesday.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Rain, rain and more rain.
Thanks to Isaac, that's your outlook over the next several days.
According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, the tropical storm became a full-blown hurricane Tuesday as it closed in on the Louisiana-Mississippi coast. The "outer bands of the storm" began pelting North Georgia with rain Tuesday morning, said Meteorologist Matt Sena. "We're fairly far from the center, so we'll see no direct impact ... but we'll get a good bit of rain."
Sena said residents can expect "waves of showers rolling through until at least Thursday." As we approach the weekend, he said, there will be "leftover moisture and more of the evening summertime-type storms that are typical this time of year."
Added Sena: "By then, what remains of Isaac are expected to move up the Mississippi Valley, but the moisture it has pulled up will still be here."
He said that because of cloud cover and rain, folks can expect highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s over the next several days, and a weekend outlook of highs in the mid to upper 80s.
"The next couple of days will be a little cooler than normal, because of the cloud cover," Sena said.
While the rain is a welcome sight in drought-stricken times, it's not likely to put much of a dent in the problem, he said.
"We would need significantly more than we're expecting for a complete turnaround in this drought situation," he said. "But every bit of rain we get at least helps to slowly start erasing those drought conditions."
Residents in the county don't seem to mind the additional downpours from Isaac since it is needed in the area.
"The rain doesn't bother me because I still have to go out and work," said Wally Mardini of Lawrenceville. "We always need the rain for the plants --its a good thing. At least it will cool down, you know, since we've had so much heat."
Nathan Garrison of Hoschton couldn't agree more.
"We definitely need the rain. My plants and vegetables are enjoying it."
Isaac, a slow-moving 350-mile wide hurricane became a Category 1 storm Tuesday with winds of 75 mph.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said Gulf Coast residents should pay attention as Isaac approached.
"Now is not the time to tempt fate," Obama said. "Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously."
--The Associated Press contributed to this story.