Coastal Georgia salvages holiday travel weekend after storm

Brothers Trey Bowers,10 and Tyler Bowers,12, are splached with salt water from a crashing wave from Tropical Storm Hermine, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/The Post and Courier, Grace Beahm)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Businesses on the Georgia coast hope to salvage a profitable Labor Day weekend after Tropical Storm Hermine scared away some holiday travelers.

Joe Marinelli, president of Savannah’s visitor bureau, said Saturday the city’s hotels often see 90 percent occupancy rates over the Labor Day period. He says some people cancelled weekend hotel reservations because they feared traveling Friday as Hermine churned across southeast Georgia.

But Marinelli says the storm-related cancellations were fewer than hotel operators feared. He says many tourists stuck with their travel plans because of sunny weather forecast for Saturday through Monday.

The storm knocked out power to thousands statewide, but did little serious damage.

Georgia Power reports around 36,000 customers are still without power in the Savannah and coastal area.

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Landrum reported from Atlanta.

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