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East coast Georgia gets a little stormy weather

August 14, 2004

Jekyll Island - Hurricane Charley did hold back vacationers at the east coast of Georgia. They were lucky the fierce storm took a turn and only left behind a lot of rain and some strong winds.

On Friday night, Jekyll Island workers seal tight their restaurant with aluminum siding. Worker, Chad Murrow says, "We got it [aluminum siding] after Floyd and haven't used it in five years, we got lucky."

By 10 PM, newspaper stands switch out headlines. The next day's front page, in big bold letters spells out NIGHTMARE. 

Now  it's around 12:15 Saturday morning, the rains start coming down and winds are picking up, but still no "nightmare".

By morning, everything was calm. Vacationer, Jimmie Williamson laughs, "A nap, instead of a nightmare, that's a good one."

Williamson, the Sheriff of Telfair County, and his dog Hannah relax in Charley's aftermath on Jekyll Island. Charley left behind sunshine. Williamson looks around and smiles, "Beautiful day. Good thing, everybody thought it was going to be a storm and it's just us." And nature having breakfast near the big restless waves. 

Williamson and his wife stayed up all night keeping an eye on the hurricane eye, that they never saw. Williamson adds, "I would say wind didn't get over 25 miles per hour, if that. We were actually hoping for a little more."

But, a little less bad weather allowed more vacationers to hit the beach.

Good thing Charley did not put this island on his angry war path.

posted at 3:00PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com