A satellite image shows Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 25 in the Caribbean. Hurricane Sandy plowed across Cuba as a Category 2 storm after battering Jamaica. NOAA via AFP/Getty Images
ATLANTA -- Forecasters say gusty winds and locally heavy rain will be the main threats to the Georgia coast as Sandy surges toward the north.
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The Jacksonville National Weather Service said the hurricane's center is expected to stay well off the Georgia coast, though the storm has an unusually broad wind field.
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Thousands of University of Georgia students and football fans will be heading to the Jacksonville area this weekend, as UGA plays Florida in Jacksonville on Saturday. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that wind could be a factor for those travelers. Forecasters are predicting gusts of up to 34 mph in the Brunswick area on Friday.
A tropical storm warning was in effect Friday for coastal waters off southeast Georgia.