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Rain Doesn't Keep Visitors Away From Tybee

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It's overcast on Tybee Island today -- as it has been for many days this summer -- but is that keeping people away from the beach? To say we've had a lot of rain would be an understatement -- much of it coming in the height of beach season would lead you to believe visits to Tybee are down this summer, but those who live and work there say it just isn't so.

Cloudy skies and forecast rain didn't keep visitors from the beach at Tybee on Wednesday. It's simply par for the course this summer. Tybee resident Heather Lowry, "It seems a little less crowded today, but we were here - when were we hear? Monday? It was pretty busy." And it's been that way all summer according to officials at visit Tybee. Marketing Director Lindsay Fruchtl says, "For overnight visitors - obviously people tend to book a little further out - so if they've already made their reservations - then they tend to come anyway and just take it for what it is, but I think it's definitely affected our day tripper traffic you know - people coming in from Savannah and Effingham, Bryan county - come to the beach."

But not all day trippers are deterred - overcast skies couldn't keep some from the water today...and if a little rain fell, they said it wouldn't drive them away. Danny Holt says, "Probably went inside and wait it out - come out when it quit raining." Heather Lowry agrees, "I personally don't think so you know - cause we were coming rain or shine cause this is our last day here right and we said we have to go to the beach right? " Bobby Taylor runs the bait shack on Tybee's pier and says he's kept busy, "The more the rain, it seems like the more the people are coming out. You would think the people wouldn't want to come out and fish cause of the rain, but with it raining - they keep coming on out to fish."

They might just be optimistic. Visit Tybee's Fruchtl says, "If it's raining in Savannah - it's not always necessarily raining out here - so it's always a good idea to check the Tybee Island, Georgia weather as opposed to the Savannah weather because they tend to differ so." Our area is ten inches above normal in rainfall for the year -- four above average just in the past month. Storm Team 3 Chief Meteorologist Kris Allred says Tybee specifically picked up five inches just a few days earlier this month.

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