MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Julia, the 10th tropical storm of the 2016 hurricane season, has formed along the coast of northeastern Florida.
At 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, the slow-moving storm was five miles west of Jacksonville.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles, mainly to the northeast and southeast of the center.
Julia is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 mph. This motion is expected to continue Tuesday night with a reduction in forward speed Wednesday.
Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, though little change in strength is expected Tuesday night. Julia is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression by late Wednesday.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Ponte Vedra Beach to Altamaha Sound.
Julia is expected to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain near the northeast Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina coastlines through Friday afternoon. Isolated totals of 10 inches are possible.
This rainfall could lead to flash flooding. Flooding may be further compounded with persistent strong onshore flow reducing river and stream discharges.
An isolated tornado or two will be possible Tuesday night through Wednesday morning across parts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia.
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