Duo of tropical storms could mean a rough week for Georgia

August 28, 2023
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The Gist:

Tropical storms brewing off the coast could mean serious weather trouble for Coastal and South Georgia as soon as Wednesday. Residents should brace for possible flooding, strong winds, and storm surges.

What Happened?

Two storm systems, Tropical Storm Idalia and Hurricane Franklin, are gaining strength and heading towards the U.S. coast. Idalia is likely to make landfall in Florida but will still impact Georgia with high winds and torrential rain. Franklin, still out in the Atlantic, could add to the coastal mess by generating additional storm surges. Uncertainty is high as paths could change, keeping the Bryan County Emergency Operations Center busy in tracking developments.

By The Numbers:

  • Rainfall could reach 4 to 8 inches in low-lying areas.
  • Wind speeds may hit between 40 and 80 mph.

Why It Matters:

This weather cocktail could mean power outages, property damage, and hazardous road conditions for Bryan County residents. It’s not just about getting wet; it’s about staying safe and minimizing potential harm. The county hasn’t announced any closures yet, but staying alert is key.

What To Do:

  • Secure outdoor items that might fly away like patio furniture or planters.
  • Make sure your cars are fully fueled.
  • Stock up on three days’ worth of water, non-perishable foods, and medical supplies.
  • Keep a game plan if your medication needs refrigeration and the power cuts out.
  • Ensure that your family is on the same page with a communication plan.
  • Don’t forget about your pets. They’ll need to be indoors with ample food and water.
  • For boat owners, secure your watercraft to avoid damage from possible storm surges.

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