Sunday Morning Tropical Update

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It seems like we have been talking about Julia forever. This storm became Tropical Storm on the night of Tuesday September 13, 2016.

As of 11 am, Julia remains a tropical depression with wind speeds near 30  mph. The storm has slowly been moving west this morning, but a turn toward the north is expected later today. Overnight the storm regained strength in the form of showers/thunderstorms and a repeat of those conditions are possible again, since the storm will continue to move over the warm Gulf Stream waters. Impacts to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry are low. Waves will be near 2-4 feet, but the risk of rip currents is low. Some showers still possible with a chance of coastal flooding during morning high tides.

Tropical Storm Karl is about 1210 miles east of the Leeward islands. Wind speeds are near 40 mph and the storm is moving toward the west at 13 mph. An increase in forward speed, and overall cyclone strength, is expected in the next few days. The National Hurricane Center track has Karl gaining hurricane status by late week, but a turning away from the U.S.

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An area of low pressure a couple hundred miles east/southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing thunderstorms. This storm has a medium chance of becoming a tropical system in the next 48 hours and a high chance in the next 5 days.

Storm Team 3 will keep you posted with the latest information in the tropics.

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