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Liberty County under tropical storm, storm surge watches
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The Georgia coast, including Liberty County, is under a tropical storm watch and storm surge watch as Hurricane Ian bears down on central Florida.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday morning the probability for heavy rain, coastal flooding and gusty winds is increasing.

No evacuations had been ordered in Liberty County as of 3 p.m. Tuesday. With a tropical storm watch, tropical storm conditions, such as winds from 39-78 mph, could be possible within 48 hours.

According to the National Weather Service, the greatest impacts are likely to occur Thursday night into Saturday, and moderate to heavy rainfall is likely Thursday night through Friday.

Locally heavy rainfall could result in flooding, especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas. The potential for excessive rainfall will be greatest near the coast.

The risk for coastal flooding will increase with the high tides beginning Wednesday. Tides could reach moderate to major coastal flood levels Thursday morning, Thursday evening into Saturday. Any rainfall that coincides with high tide will increase coastal flooding.

Gusty winds, possibly to tropical storm force, are expected to develop Wednesday night through Friday. Winds will be highest over the coastal waters and along the immediate coast. Gusty winds and saturated ground could contribute to localized downed trees.

The approach of Hurricane Ian has led Liberty County School System to reschedule activities.

Liberty County High School’s football game Friday night against Groves at Donell Woods Stadium is being moved to Wednesday. It also was supposed to be homecoming for the Panthers, and LCHS is rescheduling those festivities. Homecoming now will be observed October 28, and the homecoming dance will be held October 29.

Liberty County High also has canceled its volleyball match Thursday with Frederica Academy and a cross country meet Wednesday at Savannah Christian. A softball game with Savannah Christian originally set for Thursday has been postponed until October 3.


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