Minimal storm impact expected for Augusta region this weekend

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Maybe this weekend won't be so bad after all.

A series of local planning meetings called to discuss handling of coastal evacuations has been canceled, and emergency officials say it doesn't appear that weekend weather will be too bad.

According to a statement released by the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency: "Based on the latest weather updates and the GEMA conference call, we are canceling the weather briefing that was scheduled for tomorrow morning. There is a great deal of confidence by the National Hurricane Center in the latest forecast and we are not expected to have a local impact. We can’t rule out a little rain, but that would be welcomed.

"Hanna could still develop into a hurricane, but it would be minimal with 75 mph maximum sustained winds.

"Weather officials state that this will not be a “Hurricane Floyd” type situation at all! There are no mandatory coastal evacuations planned at this time. The exception may be Amelia Island and some of the other Islands, but certainly not the number of evacuations we saw with Floyd. Also, there are no plans to contra-flow Interstate 16."

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