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Hurricane Sandy may impact Georgia-Florida game

This photo taken Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 shows James Cusic, left, holding the hose as Gary Eckhout sprays the white outline around the "G" in Georgia in the north end zone of EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. No. 3 Florida meets No. 12 Georgia in an NCAA college football game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

This photo taken Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 shows James Cusic, left, holding the hose as Gary Eckhout sprays the white outline around the "G" in Georgia in the north end zone of EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. No. 3 Florida meets No. 12 Georgia in an NCAA college football game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

ATLANTA — Forecasters say gusty winds and locally heavy rain will be the main threats to the Georgia coast as Sandy surges toward the north.

The National Weather Service office in Jacksonville, Fla. said the hurricane's center is expected to stay well off the Georgia coast, though the storm has an unusually broad wind field.

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 wind could be a factor for those travelers. Forecasters are predicting gusts of up to 34 mph in the area on Friday.

A tropical storm warning was in effect Friday for coastal waters off southeast Georgia.