Julia Moves Farther East, Yet Still Off Carolina Coasts

As of 4 a.m. CDT, Tropical Storm Julia was located about 215 miles south-southeast of Cape Fear, N.C., and was moving southeast at 5 mph.

As of 5 this morning, Julia was located about 240 miles southeast of Charleston. Forecasters think the storm may start moving west-southwest by Saturday night, influenced by a strong subtropical ridge, before turning west-northwest.

East of Julia is Tropical Storm Ian, which is east of Bermuda; but it poses no threat to any land areas.

Julia was crawling toward the southeast at 5 miles per hour. Wind shear will increase and this may cause Julia to degenerate entirely or at least weaken as it meanders off the coast.

The fifth storm under watch is a tropical wave that's moving off Africa's coast.

Another tropical disturbance in the northwest Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas has a low chance of formation, but is expected to produce disorganized thunderstorm activity. Little change in strength was expected through the weekend.

Tropical Depression Julia continues to spin off the Georgia, South Carolina coasts.

The WTOC forecast team will continue to monitor Tropical Depression Julia through the weekend. That storm brought from 3 to 6 inches of rain but mainly in areas of the Midlands farther inland. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect. First Alert Hurricane Center ** here **.

It will become a post-tropical low in about three days, its development hindered by a wind shear.

The depression was moving east at 8 miles per hour but was expected to slow later Thursday and then have an erratic motion into Saturday.

  • Anthony Vega