Boy Drowns as Southwest Georgia Gets Soaked by Fay

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Grady County emergency official says a 10-year-old boy drowned while playing in drainage ditch as Tropical Storm Fay pounded southwest Georgia with rain.

Grady County emergency management director Jim Ellis said the boy was apparently overcome by rushing waters in the ditch as the storm dumped 10 to 12 inches of rain in the area. The boy's name was not immediately released.

State officials could not immediately say if the death was storm related.

Fay was blamed for widespread power outages across southern Georgia. A Georgia Power spokeswoman said about 6,100 customers
were without electricity Saturday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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