Tropical depression Julia continues to hang around this afternoon… at 5pm it had max sustained winds remaining around 30 mph. The storm is now moving to the north/northwest… and a turn to the north is expected later tonight. It is centered around 180 miles south/southwest of Cape Lookout, North Carolina.
Julia is expected to near the coast of upper South Carolina and lower North Carolina late Monday into Tuesday and remain a tropical depression. It could bring some locally heavy rainfall to the North Carolina coast… but little if any impact is expected for our area as the storm moves away.
Switching gears into the central tropical Atlantic… tropical storm Karl is about 1110 miles east of the Leeward islands. Wind speeds are around 40 mph and the storm is moving toward the west at 15 mph. An increase in forward speed and strength is expected in the next few days. The storm is expected to reach hurricane status by late week as it churns somewhere between the northern Caribbean Islands and Bermuda. No land areas are expected to be impacted over the next 5 days.
Karl’s forecast track is below.
An area of low pressure a couple hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands in the far eastern Atlantic ocean is producing a large area of showers and thunderstorms. This storm has a medium chance (50%) of becoming a tropical system in the next 48 hours and a high chance (80%) in the next 5 days.
Storm Team 3 will keep you posted with the latest information in the tropics.