In the Southeast droughts about this time really can hurt the economy and especially farmers. But statistics have shown that during the big droughts in the summer either a tropical hurricane or a tropical cyclone hits. It’s great that it can end a drought but can come with great consequences. One reason why is because the ground is already dry and fast flooding can happen quickly. As much as 41 percent of droughts occurring in the southeast from 1955-2008 were ended by the storms. In Ashe County, we are in the lower percentage of droughts ending by storm. Big storms like this can cause up to millions and billions of dollars in damage. Right now, here in the High Country, the previous rain has helped out and hopefully will continue to keep the local farmers happy and growing strong.