Tropical Depression Julia Stirs Up Problems Along the Carolina Coasts (CREDIT: National Hurricane Center, NOAA, NWS)
DISCUSSION: After meandering off the coast of the Carolinas, Tropical Depression (wind speeds less than 39 mph) Julia remains stationary in the Mid-Atlantic with 30 mph maximum sustained winds. The winds are expected to produce high tidal flooding and a moderate-to-high risk for rip currents near low-lying coastal areas along southeast South Carolina (e.g., Colleton, downtown Charleston and Beaufort). The Charleston, SC National Weather Service Forecast Office has issued a high tide advisory, which will take effect at 9:15 p.m. EDT. By this evening at 8 p.m. EDT, the depression is projected to transition towards becoming a post-tropical storm (remnant low) as it gradually moves due north and northwestward between 25 and 30 mph. By tomorrow, the coastal regions in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia could possibly receive scattered rainfall, coastal flooding and gusty wind impacts as a consequence of Julia’s offshore presence. As of now, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has forecasted the potential dissipation of Julia to occur by tomorrow morning around 8:00 a.m. EDT. To ensure safety, it is in everyone’s best interest to stay away from the beaches to avoid high surf and rip currents. To learn more about other high-impact weather events from across North America, be sure to click here!
Weather Forecaster Aisha Murphy