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FEMA tells Southeast to prepare for 2018 hurricane season

Residents in coastal Georgia happily bid good riddance Hurricane Irma, but FEMA officials say it’s not too early think about this year’s storm season.

Irma, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, caused massive flooding to places like Tybee Island,  which experienced a peak tidal level of 12.235 feet.

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While the state may not see a direct hit,  coastal areas can experience serious damage due to storm surge, heavy rainfall, high winds and tornadoes.

The roof of a boarded up hotel on Tybee Island shows storm damage after Hurricane Irma. Metro Atlanta hotels saw an increase in occupancy following the storm. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com AJC FILE PHOTO (Curtis Compton/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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FEMA Regional Administrator Gracia Szczech encourages residents to prepare by doing simple things like developing a family plan and  being financially prepared.

Related: Your cellphone can be a valuable resource during a hurricane

FEMA also has an app that will help you prepare for a hurricane or any disaster.

Typically, the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30,  with the peak period  from early August through the end of October.

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