Tybee Island stays busy as Alberto looms

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - As subtropical storm Alberto approaches the Florida Panhandle, some beaches in the greater Chatham county area are beginning to see the effects of the storm, including Tybee Island.

The beach was far from deserted, with skies continuing to darken on Sunday as Alberto draws closer to landfall. At times, high tide levels caused lifeguards to keep beach-goers out of the water. However, locals and tourists alike still enjoyed the beaches despite high wind speeds and some light rain.

"We get Memorial Day off from work so we took the rest of the week as well so all week next week, we will be here," said Tina Targonski, a tourist visiting the beach. "And if it's a hurricane, we have front row seats."

"We're just hanging out at the beach. Do some fishing and stuff at the pier," said Mike Targonski. They're from Tennessee and say that a nice vacation to Tybee is what they wanted, storm or not. "We get Memorial Day off from work so we took the rest of the week as well so all week next week we will be here and if there is a hurricane, we get front row seats."

Even locals say the rain doesn't bother them. They are used to it, saying they have a nice long weekend from work and say they don't plan on staying away from the beach.

"I don't plan on nothing," said Tammy Wood of Tybee Island. "I just do what i wanna do. When I wanna do it and how I wanna do it."

The tides were high out on Tybee on Sunday, so lifeguards kept people out of the water for their own safety.

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