Julia was downgraded to a tropical depression at 5 am Thursday, with winds down to 35 mph. The center of the storm was 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston and moving east at 2 mph.
It is expected to meander off the coast for several days with little change in strength. However, it will remain close enough to continue to bring minimal impacts to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.
For today, expect a mostly cloudy sky with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially this afternoon. Some could contain very heavy downpours, but we are not looking at an all-day rain. An elevated risk of rip currents will remain, mainly for the South Carolina beaches closer to the center of the storm.
With the storm sitting just offshore for several days, it is still possible for further twists and turns in the Julia saga so stay with Storm Team 3 for more updates.