Tropical Storm Julia Taking Aim at the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry Today


Tropical Storm Julia formed last night on the northeast Florida coast and is now about 25 miles south of Brunswick, Georgia. Maximum winds were 40 mph as of 5:00 am, making this a minimal tropical storm. The storm is moving due north at 7 mph, putting it on a path to move through the heart of the Coastal Empire.

Without any strong steering winds to kick Julia out of our area, it will linger over us for a couple of days. While it should weaken significantly, the rain will be prolonged, leading to flooding concerns, especially along the coast.

Through Thursday, 3 to 6 inches of rain could fall on the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. That combined with a persistent onshore wind, at least minor coastal flooding will be possible with the approach of the next several high tides.At Fort Pulaski today, high tide will occur at 6:27 am and 7:02 pm.

Wind impacts will be minimal, with inland areas seeing winds maxing out at 15-25 mph during the day today, and the highest winds along the coast of 25-35 mph and gusts to 40 mph. As a result, a few power outages will be possible. It is also not out of the question for an isolated tornado should a few stronger thunderstorms develop.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Georgia Coast northward to Chatham County, and coastal counties have been placed under a Flash Flood Watch. 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.



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