Tropical Storm Julia keeping strength off coast of Carolinas
September 16, 2016
MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Julia is maintaining its strength off the coast of the Carolinas but is expected to gradually start weakening.
The storm's maximum sustained winds Friday morning are near 40 mph (64 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says little change in strength is expected Friday but gradual weakening is expected after that.
Julia is centered about 240 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.
Meanwhile in the eastern Atlantic, Tropical Storm Karl is moving west with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph. Little change in strength is expected over the next two days. Karl is centered about 640 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian is moving northeast in the north Atlantic but poses no threat to land.
September 16, 2016
MIAMI (AP) -- Julia has weakened to a tropical depression off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, where it's expected to meander for the next few days, dumping rain, but not posing major threats.
The depression's maximum sustained winds early Thursday had decreased to near 35 mph with little change in strength forecast over the next two days. As of 5 a.m. EDT Thursday, Julia is centered about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.
Meanwhile, a new tropical depression has formed far out over the Atlantic and is moving west. The depression's maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with little change in strength expected over the next two days. It's centered about 365 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian is moving north in the central Atlantic but still is no threat to land.
September 14, 2016 (8:40 p.m.)
MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Julia continues to move slowly along the Atlantic Coast near the Georgia-South Carolina state line. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect the storm to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to the South Carolina coast. Earlier forecasts estimated twice as much rain. Still, any rain could pose a risk of flooding in an area soaked by Hermine less than two weeks ago.
Julia is moving at about 6 mph (9 kph), and forecasters say it will meander near northern Georgia and southern South Carolina coastlines into Friday.
According to the hurricane center's latest advisory, Julia had 40 mph (65 kph) maximum sustained winds and was located about 35 miles (55 kilometers) from Savannah, Georgia.
No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.
September 14, 2016 (2 p.m.)
MIAMI (AP) -- South Carolina is in for another good soaking from a tropical storm less than two weeks after Hermine slogged through the state.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say Tropical Storm Julia could mean 4 to 8 inches (102 to 203 mm) of rain along the South Carolina coast through Friday as it moves slowly northeast.
A flash flood watch was in effect for coastal counties and a tropical storm warning was raised for waters just off the coast. A handful of power outages were reported Wednesday afternoon.
State Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall urged drivers to be wary of flash flooding and not to try to drive through flooded roads.
Earlier this month Tropical Storm Hermine dropped from 3 to 6 inches (76 to 152 mm) of rain, mainly in areas of the Midlands farther inland.
September 14, 2016 (10 a.m.)
MIAMI (AP) -- Spotty power outages have been reported along the Georgia coastline as Tropical Storm Julia moves slowly across the area.
Georgia Power officials say about 100 homes and businesses are without power Wednesday morning.
The storm was located near Brunswick, Georgia, at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Officials at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say it's moving slowly and is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later Wednesday.
Schools are open in northeast Florida and Georgia, but parents in Glynn County, Georgia, were warned that bus service could be delayed by the storm.
September 14, 2016 (10 a.m.)
MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Julia is bringing heavy rain to the northeast coast of Florida and southeast Georgia.
The National Hurricane Center says the slow-moving storm could cause flash flooding and is expected to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain in some areas through Friday.
A tropical storm warning is in effect Wednesday morning for Fernandina Beach to the Altamaha Sound in Georgia.
By 5 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Julia was about 40 miles north Jacksonville, Florida, and moving north near 7 mph. Its maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph. The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the day.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian is moving north in the central Atlantic but still is no threat to land. In the Pacific, Hurricane Orlene continues to weaken.
September 13, 2016
MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Julia has formed along the northeastern coast of Florida.
The National Hurricane Center says the slow-moving storm is expected to bring heavy rain and possible flash flooding. A tropical storm warning was issued Tuesday night for Ponte Vera Beach north to the Altamaha Sound in Georgia.
At 11 p.m. Tuesday, Julia was 5 miles (10 kilometers) west of Jacksonville and moving north-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph). It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by late Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian has grown slightly stronger but still was no threat to land over the central Atlantic. In the Pacific, Hurricane Orlene continues to weaken, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph).