Georgia Hurricane History

SAVANNAH, GA - Two Georgia researchers are getting grant money to dig deeper into the state's hurricane history.

Brian Bossak and Mark Welford have been awarded $130,000 from the Georgia Sea Grant program to lead a team that will spend two years combing records for any information on tropical storms and hurricanes hitting Georgia from 1750 to 1850.

Georgia's 100-mile coast hasn't been struck by a major hurricane in 114 years, though researchers know six big storms make landfall here in the 1800s.

National Weather Service forecaster Al Sandrik, who studies the hurricane histories of Georgia and northern Florida, says there are still plenty of unanswered questions as to exactly where some storms made landfall, how powerful they were and whether others have been overlooked in prior research.

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