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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:29pm

Georgia Bracing For Wind, Waves

Updated: 3 years ago.
Tybee Island and the rest of the Savannah area could get rain on Friday and Saturday from Hurricane Irene, but minimal amounts. The biggest effects in Georgia, forecasters say, will be offshore. (photo Monique Lynch)

Residents along Georgia's coast are expecting a breezy Friday from Hurricane Irene.

Forecasters say, ships at sea could be the most affected by the windy conditions starting tomorrow.

Ron Morales of the National Weather Service office in Charleston says, on land, Georgians could see storms bringing less than an inch of rain.

"It wouldn't be out of the question, depending on exactly where Irene goes and how large the wind field is with this thing as it comes up, that a stray shower that gets in over [the Savannah area] could produce some wind gusts up close to 40 or so miles an hour."

Morales says, higher rain amounts could be expected depending on the exact position of the storm's outer feeder bands.

"Some of those bands, if they extend far enough out to the west as Irene passes well to the east, and if they come in enough at a time, then certainly you could get some localized heavier amounts."

The US Coast Guard is urging boaters to use extreme caution.

Tropical Storm conditions are likely offshore.

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