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Atlanta shatters pollen count record

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Today's pollen count has shattered an Atlanta record. And technically, it's still winter.

With Tuesday being the official start of spring, trees, flowers and shrubs are blooming much earlier than usual because of the warm winter.

Monday's pollen count is at an all-time high of 8,164 particles of pollen per cubic meter of air. That's much higher than the previous record of 6,013, set on April 12, 1999, according to the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic.

Allergy sufferers are feeling it.

"I'm dying," said John Sayers, who returned from a trip to Las Vegas on Sunday night. "Coughing, rolling around, uncomfortable. I couldn't sleep."

"I'm having problems breathing and also having headaches and kind of itchy eye and watery eyes," said Carleen Guest of McDonough.

Pollen counts are expected to remain extremely high for the remainder of the week.

That's good news for Jabari Fareed, manager of Auto Spa Bistro on 14th Street in northwest Atlanta.  He's running a $10 pollen special and expects to stay busy all week.  Even better for him - he does not suffer from seasonal allergies.

"Can't complain at all," said Fareed.

We'd love to see more of your pollen pictures.  You can send them to at Ureport@cbsatlanta.com.

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