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Friday February 12th, 2016 7:31PM

GA out of storm's path but could feel effects

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on Florida, Georgia Power is sending some crews to help with any outages caused by the storm.

Spokesman John Kraft says the crews left Sunday morning. He says the utility company sent fewer crews than it normally would just in case the storm turns back toward Georgia.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Darbe says the storm's path is wide and unpredictable. Even though Isaac looks like it's headed west, Georgia could still see some effects from the storm.

The National Hurricane Center predicted Isaac would grow to a Category 2 hurricane over the warm Gulf of Mexico and possibly hit late Tuesday somewhere along a stretch that starts west of New Orleans and runs to the edge of the Florida Panhandle. That would be one day shy of seven years after Hurricane Katrina struck catastrophically in 2005.

A Category 2 hurricane has sustained winds of between 96 and 110 mph (154 to 177 kph) and a strong storm surge. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called a state of emergency, and 53,000 residents of St. Charles Parish near New Orleans were told to leave ahead of the storm.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley also declared states of emergency, while oil companies began evacuating workers and cutting production at Gulf offshore rigs in Isaac's projected path.

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