Tropical Storm Julia Dumps Rain on Georgia as Tropical Depression 12 Forms

The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of almost 65kph with higher gusts, it added.

Up the coast, Principal Patrick Rossiter of Tybee Island Maritime Academy said he was keeping close tabs on the latest storm reports and radar Wednesday. Daytona Beach, Fla., reported a midday total of 0.23 of an inch of rain.

Tropical Storm Julia is making for a rainy Wednesday for sections of north Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Mohlins said estimates indicate the Beaufort County area had seen between 2 to 5 inches of rain before 4 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to get another 3 to 4 inches by the end of the day.

As of 10 a.m. CDT, the center of Tropical Storm Julia was located about 20 miles northeast of Brunswick, Ga., and was moving north-northeast at 6 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane center had the chances of development at zero on Tuesday morning, but the storm began to produce tropical storm force winds and continued to organize and was ruled a tropical storm late Tuesday night.

Isolated tornadoes are possible through early Wednesday across parts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia.

Highly unusual for forming over land - in this case over northeast Florida on Tuesday - Julia was moving northeast just east of Savannah, Georgia, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said at 9pm.

BCSD officials have been in contact with Berkeley County Emergency Preparedness and are receiving regular updates on Tropical Storm Julia from the National Weather Service. No major strengthening is forecast, but winds could reach 45 miles per hour in the storm as it drifts over the warm waters of the Atlantic.

Another interesting phenomenon could also be at play: the "brown ocean" effect, in which a tropical cyclone gains enough energy from a saturated Earth to keep a warm core.

"We had some pretty good winds associated with it", he said.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Ian continues to churn in the central Atlantic, not a threat to the continental U.S. In the Pacific, Hurricane Orlene continued to weaken.

  • Essie Rivera