TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- Tybee Island officials are urging residents to plan and prepare for tropical storms and hurricane threats as Tropical Storm Emily approaches the Florida and Georgia coasts.
Officials say the Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October.
WTOC-TV reports that major storms and hurricanes have caused flooding on Tybee Island in 1871, 1881, 1885, 1893, 1896, 1911, 1940, 1944, 1947, 1952, 1959 and 1979.
Authorities say the highest storm surge was estimated at 19 feet above mean sea level in 1893 storm and in 1979, when Hurricane David caused flooding on the island.
The National Weather Service said Emily may begin to affect the Atlantic coast of the U.S. this weekend. Tropical storm warnings were in effect Wednesday on several Caribbean islands.
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