CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Tropical Storm Julia formed just west of Jacksonville around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. The Charlotte region will most likely not be impacted by the storm, but part of the South Carolina coast could see heavy rainfall.
Julia is expected to bring heavy rain to the Lowcountry throughout the week as it moves north. The storm is expected to fall apart in Georgia, but will bring rain to the Charleston area later this week. Forecasters are expecting 3-6 inches of rain for the Lowcountry with higher amounts expected in other isolated areas.
Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph and bands of heavy rain are expected from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. all the way up to Altamaha Sound, Ga.
As of 2 a.m., the storm was centered 15 miles North-Northwest of Jacksonville and about 50 miles South-Southwest of Brunswick, Ga. Most of the heavy rain and wind is east of the center of circulation.
Heavy rains are expected throughout the coastal areas Wednesday as Julia moves over our area headed north-northwest at 9 mph. Julia will head into the Nassau Sound through 11 p.m. and up to Fernandina Beach by 3 a.m. and through Jekyll Island by 5 a.m.
The National Weather Service says that intense winds are expected throughout the coastal areas as well and we've already had a reported gust of 51 mph in Huguenot Park and a 46 mph gust at the Jacksonville Beach Pier.
Downtown Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach can expect winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, the National Weather Service reports.
A tropical storm warning was issued for the coastline of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, Ponte Vedra Beach to Altamaha Sound, Ga. until further notice.
The center of Julia is five miles west of Jacksonville and sixty miles south of Brunswick, Ga. Tropical storm conditions are occurring within the warning area, meaning that winds gusts up to 39 mph are sustained in some parts of northeast Florida.
Isolated tornadoes are possible along the coast and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Spot amounts of 4 to 6 inches of rain are possible over southeast Georgia. Main areas of concern in southeast Georgia are McCoys Creek, Hogans Creek, Sherman Creek and the City of Brunswick.
Beach erosion is possible for all beaches on the First Coast, the National Weather Service says.
St. Johns County should expect heavy rainfall and gusty winds as a tropical system moves over us this evening. pic.twitter.com/s1uYDE9hc0— St. Johns Co EOC (@StJohnsEOC) September 13, 2016
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