Tropical Storm Andrea didn’t do much damage to Bryan County when it passed through the area Thursday night.
"We were blessed," said Bryan County Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell. "We got rain and a little bit of wind, but nothing major. We fared great."
The storm, the first of the 2013 hurricane season, was expected to bring with it high winds and torrential rains, flooding and the threat of tornadoes. Instead, there was plenty of rain and an occasional gust of wind, but "there was no flooding to mention and nothing that caused any issues," Howell said.
In fact, Andrea may have been a blessing in disguise by giving emergency personnel a chance to do their thing. During conversations with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Thursday, "we were anticipating and hoping this would be a minimum storm," Howell said. "We thought it would be a good test run for us for the next one coming behind it that is a major storm."
Emergency Services workers stayed on duty to monitor Andrea until about 11 p.m., when they saw it wasn’t going to be as bad as initially predicted, Howell said.
He reminded residents to keep an eye on the weather and be ready should a hurricane approach.
"People need to be diligent this summer and have a hurricane kit and plan ready so they know where their family’s going to go in case we do have evacuate," he said.