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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Watches and warnings in Florida are being lifted as Hurricane Dorian continues moving north toward Georgia.
Hurricane Dorian remains a powerful Category 2 storm as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. It picked up a bit of strength with maximum sustained winds now up to 110 mph. The eye is now east of the coast of southeastern Georgia, about 150 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina.
The storm’s outer rainbands began lashing Florida Tuesday night as the system moved away from the Bahamas.
Dorian bore down on the Bahamas for 48 hours. Seven people were confirmed to have died and that number is expected to rise. Approximately 13,000 homes were destroyed in one group of islands in the Bahamas alone.
As the storm continues moving north, the National Hurricane Center has discontinued some of the watches and warnings in Florida. The Storm Surge Warning and Tropical Storm Warnings that were in place south of the Flagler/Volusia County line have now been discontinued.
WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN PLACE:
- North of Savannah River to the North Carolina/Virginia border
- Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds
- North of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to Savannah River
TROPICAL STORM WARNING:
- Volusia/Brevard County FL line to Savannah River
TROPICAL STORM WATCH:
- The North Carolina/Virginia border to Chincoteague VA
- Chesapeake Bay from Smith Point southward
STORM SURGE WARNING:
- North of Port Canaveral FL to the North Carolina/Virginia border
- Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
- Neuse and Pamlico Rivers
STORM SURGE WATCH:
- North Carolina/Virginia border to Poquoson VA, including Hampton Roads