Tropical depression forms in Atlantic; TS Julia drenches coast

The storm is "moving erratically", according to the National Hurricane Center.

As unusual as that was, that met the criteria for a tropical storm, and the hurricane center duly named it Julia.

"You're going to see some locally heavy rainfall, with as much as 3-6 inches along the coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina", Burns said.

By 5 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Julia was about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north Jacksonville, Florida, and moving north near 7 mph (11 kph).

Noon: National Weather Service Charleston issued a tropical storm warning for all coastal waters in its coverage area, which includes Savannah and Chatham County.

A new tropical depression was added to the board on Wednesday as well.

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Highly unusual for forming over land - in this case over northeast Florida on Tuesday - Julia was moving northeast just east of Savannah, Georgia, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said at 9pm. Wind gusts are expected to top about 50 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, another monsoon storm that moved off Africa turned into a tropical depression Wednesday and is expected to become Tropical Storm Karl by Thursday, said meteorologist Jeff Masters of Weather Underground. Then long-range forecast has it reintensifying into a tropical storm later in the weekend when it would be in the central Atlantic. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles mainly to the northeast of the center.

Lowcountry school districts are watching the weather to determine whether rainfall from Tropical Storm Julia could require school schedules to be adjusted.

"If things worsen, we hunker down right here", he told The Associated Press by phone.

Julia is expected to slowly weaken into Friday as it continues inland across the Southeast. But as students arrived for classes he said, "so far, everything is a go".

While we had a weak cool front move through Tuesday night, parts of the southeast are dealing with nearly-formed Tropical Storm Julia.

  • Douglas Reid