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Tybee waters opens for swimming after Irene passes

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Swimmers can plunge back into the waters of Tybee Island after Hurricane Irene passed uneventfully off the Georgia coast.

Fire Chief Skip Sasser says the waters Saturday have been calm. The island's waters had been closed Friday to swimmers who were not tethered to a surf or boggie board.

The hurricane passed more than 200 miles from Chatham County on Friday. Its outermost rain bands just reached Tybee Island.

Very little damage was reported in Georgia. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service say tides were about two feet higher than average, but still not large enough to cause coastal flooding.

The Savannah Morning News reports  that the biggest wind gust registered at 38 miles per hour. One tree fell onto a trailer, but no injuries were reported.

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