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.