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Tropical Storm Arthur not deterring vacationers

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

Some people on Tybee Island are wondering how the storm will impact their Fourth of July plans.

The storm is not supposed to hit the Georgia or South Carolina coast, which is good news ahead of the busiest week for vacationers.

About 30,000 people are expected to come into town this weekend and according to the mayor, that number will be about the same.

Lifeguards on Tybee are watching the water as Arthur approaches, even swimming along the shoreline to make sure it's safe enough for swimmers.

Tybee officials want everyone to monitor the flags. It's green right now which means the water conditions are good, but officials said those flags will probably change over the next couple of days. And if it's bad enough, they'll close the beach.

"Don't go out too deep into the water and pay attention to the life guards- pay attention to our warning flags," Mayor Buelterman said.

Based on the forecast, officials anticipate water conditions will be either a yellow or red flag, but they won't close the waters unless it's a double red flag.

"A yellow means a medium hazard. A red means a high hazard, if it's a high hazard-we recommend only strong swimmers to even get close to the water, no children, no elderly," Ocean Rescue Lieutenant Johnathon Williams said. 

One hotel owner said he's been booked for almost a month and no one has canceled or even called with concerns about the weather.

Visit Tybee Director Sara Lane said she's not seen any cancelations at other hotels or rentals for the weekend.

She said the biggest concern they've had right now is about whether people will be able to enjoy fireworks on Thursday.

"As of right now everything is scheduled to move forward they are just watching the weather as well and will determine if there needs to be a rain date at that time," Lane said.

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