Tybee expects huge crowds, high surf this weekend

By Don Logana - bio | email

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Tybee Island is ready for a busy Labor Day weekend despite Earl making waves offshore. Hotels on Tybee Island are at capacity and tourist are expected to pile onto the island and wrap up what has been a busier than normal summer season.

Enjoying the pool at Beachside Colony, Pam Larson and her girlfriends were worried hurricane Earl would spoil their Labor Day plans.

"We took a risk and figured if it got bad we would just leave," Larson said. "So far very good, the weather has been beautiful."

Meanwhile, Beachside Colony's General Manager Pam Avinger has been busy fielding phone calls and answering questions.

"We have had a few calls and questions, but we tell them the weather is great, it is hot and sunny and there is no rain expected this weekend," she told WTOC.

This summer she says her hotel and others saw the ripple effect of business fleeing the Gulf Coast for the Atlantic Coast.

"We hate to pick up business that way, but people did leave and come here so they could enjoy oil free beaches," said Avinger. "It is great out here and we are busy and Tybee should be busier than usual."

"We went into Savannah, walked the beaches, woke up to see the sunrise. So it has been great," she said.

Although the worries of Hurricane Earl are over, Tybee Ocean Rescue personnel said tourist and locals will still have to watch out for the surf levels.

Larson and her friends said the water may be rough, but their vacation plans are full steam ahead.

Waves are expected to hit 15 feet by Thursday night. Red flags are out, warning visitors of the surf advisory. There have been a few rescues over the last few days. Tybee Ocean Rescue said they expect huge crowds this weekend.

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