Officials on two of Georgia's most remote barrier islands say they plan to remain open to visitors as Hurricane Irene passes offshore.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Officials on two of Georgia's most remote barrier islands say they plan to remain open to visitors as Hurricane Irene passes offshore.
Managers of Cumberland Island, run by the U.S. Park Service, and state-owned Sapelo Island said Wednesday they decided against suspending ferry service to the islands - which are only accessible by boat - as long as Irene remains on its expected path roughly 200 miles off the coast.
Forecasters say there's a chance Irene could rake Georgia's 100-mile coastline with tropical-storm force winds Friday. Local officials are mainly concerned about rip currents along the beaches and possible power outages.
Dennis Parsons, chief ranger at Cumberland Island, said some campers with weekend reservations have already canceled. Those who do come are camping in areas closest to the ferry docks.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)