GEORGIA — Nine more Georgia counties were placed under a state of emergency Wednesday morning, as Hurricane Dorian nears the state’s coastline. Gov. Brian Kemp has added the counties of Appling, Bacon, Bulloch, Clinch, Echols, Evans, Screven, Tattnall, and Ware, bringing the total of counties under emergency declarations to 21.

At 8 am on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Dorian, still a category 2 storm, is continuing to move north-northwest, and is expected to turn more northward Wednesday evening. Forecasters are still calling for the hurricane’s core to move “dangerously close” to Georgia’s coast this evening. It is then forecast to move near the coasts of both South and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning.

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