Hurricane Joaquin remains a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for central Bahamas, northwestern Bahamas and islands in the southeastern Bahamas, said the advisory. "Some strengthening is forecast in the next day or so, with some fluctuations in intensity possible on Friday," said the advisory. The storm is expected to affect portions of the southeastern coast of the United States today, and to spread north through the weekend, bringing dangerous surf and rip current conditions. A storm surge is expected to raise water levels in the Bahamas by up to eight feet above normal levels later Thursday. The next advisory is scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern.
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