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Bulloch officials prepare for possible heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fay
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Cody Monahan, 18, of Melbourne, Fla., uses his kayak to get around the flooded Kingsmill neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2008 as Tropical Storm Fay drops record rains on Brevard County. - photo by Associated Press
    Tropical Storm Fay stalled over land and got a little stronger Wednesday, but weather experts predict she will remain a tropical storm as she is expected to move slightly northward and distinctly westward over the next few days.
    However, Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn and National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Taylor both said Wednesday evening that nothing is certain about the storm.
    Bulloch County public safety officials are on standby in case there is flooding or high wind damage, Wynn said, but current expectations are that Fay will send a soaking to Bulloch County.
    Drought conditions have lowered water levels, and while there is a possibility of flash flooding, " I think the creeks and streams are in pretty good shape to take a significant amount of water," he said.
    Taylor said the storm could drop about one to two inches of rainfall in a very short time over the next 24 to 48 hours, with the possibility of two to four inches of rainfall through the weekend.
    Winds can gust exceeding 40 miles per hour as well, he said, but the Bulloch County area shouldn't expect any tropical storm strength winds, he said.
    The storm is expected to move south of the area, taking a slight northward turn as it moves west, but " that's still uncertain," Wynn said.
    He doesn't anticipate any further meetings today regarding weather, but if conditions change, all department heads are on alert, having met Wednesday afternoon to discuss plans should dangerous weather arrive, he said.
    Taylor said bands of rain moving inland will likely bring lots of rainfall, with flooding possible, through Friday morning. Tornadoes are a slight risk as well, he said.
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