GEORGIA — Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Georgia coast as Hurricane Dorian approaches. Hurricane Dorian was packing 120 mph winds as the powerful storm, now a category 3, pounded the Bahamas for a third straight day and Floridians along parts of the U.S. coast braced for sustained tropical storm-force winds on Tuesday. The storm is currently forecast to hit Georgia’s coastline on Wednesday.

FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 02: Autumn Kivora and her pet raccoon, Ellie Mae, check out the weather conditions as Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way past the Florida coast on September 02, 2019 in Fort Pierce, Florida. Dorian, once expected to make landfall along the Florida coast as a category 4 storm, is currently predicted to turn north and stay off the Florida coast, lessening the impact on the area. Dorian strengthened to a “catastrophic” Category 5 storm today, packing winds of 175 mph and bearing down on the northern Bahamas before an expected turn to the north along the eastern seaboard of the United States, according to weather forecasts. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours for areas south of Altamaha Sound, which includes Georgia’s Golden Isles, according to the National Hurricane Center. A storm surge warning is in effect from Tybee Island to the Florida line.

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