The NHC began issuing advisories for TS Julia tonight. The thing that makes it quite unusual is the fact that Julia is over land along the northeast part of Florida, near Jacksonville. Normally we think of tropical storms as forming over warm water but what became Julia was probably a well organized depression and weak tropical storm for most of the day. The NHC mentions that the organization had persisted for over 12 hours and it was time to begin advisories.
Top winds are 40 mph with higher gusts, mainly along the immediate coast of Florida and southeast Georgia. There is a chance for isolated tornadoes and severe weather with any strong convection that moves in off the Atlantic tonight and tomorrow.
The biggest impact will be very heavy rain and this will impact travel along I-95 within the region. Truckers should be aware of this hazard and plan accordingly. It is possible that almost a foot of rain will fall since Julia is moving so slow. The track forecast takes the storm farther inland over extreme southeast Georgia tomorrow and throughout the rest of the week. Obviously, any motion to the east and over water would lead to prolonged tropical storm conditions along the immediate coast. This is something we will have to monitor.
I am heading out right now to travel to southeast Georgia for live coverage of the conditions there. I will have wind and pressure data via the weather station on the HurricaneTrack Chevy Tahoe that has proven so reliable all these years. I realize it’s not “that big of a deal” and it’s not a hurricane but it’s something to cover and will be a big story for the region. Besides, this is what I do – big or small, I try to cover as much as I can in person to show the impact.
Watch live via the link below and also follow along in our app where I will post video updates frequently in the video section. There is no reason to take any surge cams or unmanned weather stations for this field work – it will all be done via the equipment on the Tahoe.
I’ll have more tomorrow in a blog post later in the day once I settle in on a place to bunk down for the night. Until then – follow along LIVE below: