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Some residents of Tybee Island are now returning home.

The island was closed and inaccessible for an additional day because Chatham County emergency officials said the island sustained the heaviest damage in the Savannah area from tropical storm Irma and delayed.

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Swann Seiler, a spokesperson with Georgia Power, said power outages will continue to be an issue on the island over the next few weeks.

Josiah Lavender / Georgia Department of Natural Resources

A little bird that spends its winters on the Georgia coast is one of the animals most threatened from sea level rise, according to researchers.

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Saltmarsh sparrows are small, streaky brown-striped songbirds with a voice like a squeaky whisper.

They split their time the same way some humans do: They spend their winters on the Georgia coast, then head back up north in the spring. That's where the birds breed, in coastal marshes from Virginia up into Canada.

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Federal officials are considering the impacts on wildlife from looking for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean, including off Georgia’s coast. And they’re asking for public comment on the plan for the next 30 days.

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Sea to Shore Alliance, taken under NOAA permit #14388-02

It has not been a good year so far for North Atlantic right whales. The endangered animals have their calves off the coast of Georgia, and officials have seen only three calves so far.

In good years, back in the 2000s, wildlife biologist Clay George says there were 22 to 24 calves in a season, but there's been a downward trend over the past five years.

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

The Obama administration announced on Friday that companies will not be allowed to look for oil or gas off the coast of Georgia and other southern states.

Last March, the federal government decided not to issue drilling permits for the mid- and south- Atlantic Ocean between 2017 and 2022, but companies hoped they could still search for oil and gas reserves.

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