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On St. George Island, many businesses were closed, but Eddy Teach’s bar had a few customers and used a generator to keep beer and food cold.

“The tourists cleared out. It’s not a good thing and hurts the economy during a week in peak season,” said Patrick Sparks, a manager at the bar. He scoffed at the storm, which was well below the 74 mph threshold for a hurricane: “It’s a little rash to send everyone home.”