Tropical Storm Julia formed last night on the northeast Florida coast and as of 5 pm was about 35 miles east of Savannah, GA. Maximum wind speeds are near 40 mph, with higher gusts. The storm is moving northeast at 6 mph and is expected to slowly make its way through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry the next few days.
Since the storm is moving so slow, a big concern is flooding, especially for our coastal counties.
Julia is forecasted to produce 2-4 inches of rain, but isolated areas could see 6+. Already high projected rainfall totals, plus a persistent onshore wind, could lead to minor coastal flooding during the next several high tides. Tonight’s high tide at Fort Pulaski will occur at 7:02 pm, with the next one tomorrow morning at 7:18 am.
Tropical storm force winds are possible as Julia approaches the Coastal Empire and Lowcounty. Sustained wind speeds 15-25 mph with gust near 35 mph. Marine winds will be even stronger, near 35 knots. As a result, a few power outages will be possible. Isolated tornadoes are also possible across southern South Carolina today.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Georgia Coast northward to Chatham County and there is a high risk of rip currents. Conditions are favorable for flooding in Wilmington Island, Tybee Island, Hilton Head Island, and Beaufort now through tomorrow morning. A Flash Flood Watch in effect for the areas shaded in green.
Stay with Storm Team 3 through the storm and make sure to download the WSAV weather app to receive alerts on your phone and tablet.