Tropical Storm Julia drifts offshore

We may not be totally done with Julia

By John Gaughan - Chief meteorologist, News4Jax.com Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - 11 p.m Wednesday update on Julia: The system is weakening as thunderstorm activity has separated from the low level circulation. The National Hurricane Center places Julia just south of Charleston, South Carolina max winds (offshore) are around 40 mph and Julia is drifting east at 4 mph.

Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the coastal water of Georgia from the Altamaha Sound north into South Carolina. Coastal winds are light and offshore and this is making the weather rather nice.

Latest NHC forecast keeps Julia just off the South Carolina coast for the next 4-5 days. There are even some models that drift Julia's leftovers (a weak system) back over northeast Florida next week. All we would see under this scenario would be a few showers and increased northeasterly winds.

Tropical Storm Julia formed Tuesday night over northeast Florida when the NHC upgraded Invest 93L to a tropical storm just after 10 p.m. Downpours and wind gusts in excess of 40 mph were reported along the coast of northeast Florida and some minor flooding that caused road closures.

Tracking the tropics

Another Tropical System in the Eastern Atlantic

Hurricane forecasters on Wednesday morning identified a system 190 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands as Tropical Depression 12. It had sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving west-northwest at 14 mph. On that path it poses no immediate threat to any land. Even if it were to continue towards the United States, it wouldn't possibly impact it for another 10 days. The next named system will be called Karl.

Copyright 2016 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.