Tropical Storm Julie forms off the coast of Florida

Posted at 10:57 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 23:07:58-04

Tropical Storm Julia, the tenth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, has formed along the northeastern Florida coast. 

The National Hurricane Center quickly upgrading the low pressure system after it has showed signs of organization and evidence of tropical storm force winds on the west side of the storm.

Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida northward to Altamaha Sound, Georgia

As of Tuesday night, Julia is a weak tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving north northwesterly at 9 mph. Julia will likely be a short-lived system as it moves further over land and is expected to weaken to a tropical depression as early as Wednesday, then into a remnant low by Thursday.

Primary impacts from this system will be heavy rains, flooding and gusty winds for parts of North Florida where rainfall accumulations could be as high as 3 to 6 inches. There is also an isolated risk for tornadoes near Jacksonville, where the center of the storm is. In Southwest Florida, a trail of tropical moisture associated with the tropical cyclone will mean higher rain chances and the threat for heavy downpours through late Wednesday.