Tropical storm bypasses Ga., but forecasters warn of rip currents along busy beaches


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SAVANNAH, Georgia — Tropical Storm Arthur has bypassed the Georgia coast as predicted, but forecasters are warning beach goers to beware of dangerous rip currents in its wake.

Arthur on Thursday morning trudged northward past Georgia and toward a possible landfall in North Carolina. The storm passed as Georgia beaches are filling with tourists for a busy Fourth of July weekend.

The National Weather Service says turbulent seas churned by the storm pose a high risk of powerful rip currents along Georgia beaches from Tybee Island to the Florida line.

Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman (BELL-tuhr-man) said Thursday that life guards were flying warning flags and urging swimmers not to get in the water above their waists. He said lifeguards are prepared to close the waters to swimmers if conditions worsen.

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