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 Comptonfirstname.lastname@example.org AJC FILE PHOTO
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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.
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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.