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Rainy days ahead

Precipitation mostly expected to be beneficial, but high winds, tornadoes and flooding possible

Rainy days ahead

Rainy days ahead

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    Tropical Storm Andrea will mean refreshed cropland and sloppy dirt roads for Bulloch County, but as of Thursday, Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn predicted the brunt of the storm would bypass the area.
    However, in case of high winds and possible tornadoes Thursday night and this morning, Bulloch County public safety and law enforcement officials stood ready for action.
    “We’ve spoken with (Bulloch County Sheriff) Lynn Anderson and (Statesboro Police Major) Scott Brunson and everyone is prepared,” Wynn said Thursday.
    A cold front pushing the weather system along may keep rainfall and scattered storms coming throughout next week. The rainfall is a boon to area farmers, Wynn said.
    “Things ought to be nice and green. We ought to have some fantastic agricultural products this year” if the rains continue, he said.
    As people prepared for the storm Thursday, Wynn warned of “the potential for strong winds, flooding rains (and) isolated tornadoes” via the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency’s Facebook page.
    Around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, he said, “Bulloch is beginning to experience the affects of Tropical Storm Andrea … tornadoes are always a possibility with some localized flooding … this is a good time to remind ourselves to get ready for hurricane season. Get a kit, make a plan, be informed.”
    Bulloch County remained under a flash flood watch until this morning, he said.
    The National Weather Service in Charleston, S.C., predicted heavy rain through this evening, with scattered thunderstorms and showers through Monday. Rainfall is expected through next Thursday.
    According to The Associated Press, Tropical Storm Andrea was not expected to strengthen into a hurricane, but forecasters warned it could cause isolated flooding and storm surge before it loses steam over the next two days.
    Tropical storm warnings were in effect for a large section of Florida's west coast from Boca Grande to the Ochlockonee River and for the East Coast from Flagler Beach, Fla., all the way to Cape Charles Light, Va., and the lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort, Va., according to reports. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within a day and a half.
    As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Andrea was centered about 80 miles southeast of Tallahassee, Fla., close to making landfall in Florida's Big Bend area. The storm was moving northeast about 17 mph, and its maximum sustained winds had increased to near 65 mph, the AP reported.
    Rains and winds from the storm were forecast to sweep northward along the Southeastern U.S. coast Thursday night and today. The storm was expected to lose steam by Saturday as it moves through the eastern United States, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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