Tropical Storm Julia: 5pm Thursday

Hurricane Hunter aircraft finds that Julia is again a tropical storm.

At 5pm, the center of Julia is about 175 miles east/southeast of Charleston, SC, latitude 32.1 north, longitude 77.1 west.  Julia is moving toward the east near 8 mph.  A decrease in forward speed is expected tonight, followed by a slow and erratic motion offshore of the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.

Reports from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicates maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts.  Little change in strength is forecast tonight.  After that, Julia is forecast to weaken as it encounters unfavorable upper-level winds.

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