Tropical Storm Julia likely to weaken to depression later today

Tropical Storm Julia is likely to weaken to a depression later Wednesday, the National Hurricane says in their 8 a.m. advisory. 

All tropical storm warnings have also been canceled for the entire First Coast

The storm formed just west of Jacksonville around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph and bands of heavy rain are expected from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. all the way up to Altamaha Sound, Ga.

Julia is moving north at 7 mph with sustained winds of 39 mph, according to the 5 a.m. report released by the National Hurricane Center. 

As of 5:30 a.m., Georgia Power is  showing over 1,300 customers with a majority of them between Sea Island and St. Simons. 

Fernandina Beach area by 3 a.m. and through Jekyll Island by 5 a.m.

High tide is right around 7:30 a.m. so with winds coming onshore that will help create a higher than normal tide with a potential storm surge of 1-2'. 

A First Coast News viewer in Yulee recorded a 61 mph wind gust.

St. Simons Island set a record for rainfall Tuesday, recording 4.43 inches, easily surpassing the old record of 2.03 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Downtown Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach can expect winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, the National Weather Service reports.

All schools are operating as normal, though Glynn Co. students should expect some bus delays.

(© 2016 WTLV)


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