Tropical Storm Julia to douse Florida, Georgia through late week

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A system hugging the Florida Coast has strengthened into Tropical Storm Julia on Tuesday evening.

"A tropical low pressure system over northeastern Florida has now become Tropical Storm Julia," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said.

Latest satellite loop of Tropical Storm Julia. (Satellite/NOAA)

This system has produced locally heavy rainfall and wind gusts between 45 and 55 mph near the northeastern coast of Florida during Tuesday evening and will continue to do so through Wednesday.

"Winds of this strength could bring down small trees and produce sporadic power outages across coastal areas," Root said.

The strong winds will produce rough seas, minor coastal flooding and beach erosion along the coastal areas from Jacksonville to Savannah, Georgia, into Wednesday afternoon.

With the center of circulation over land, Julia is expected to weaken into a tropical depression by late Wednesday.

Heavy rainfall could lead to localized flooding from portions of north-central Florida to South Carolina. Areas at greatest risk for flash flooding will be across the areas hit hard by Hurricane Hermine during early September.

"The heaviest rainfall is expected between an area just north of Jacksonville, Florida, to Savannah, Georgia," Root said.

Between 3-6 inches of rain could fall with local amounts of 10 inches.

Julia is expected to slowly weaken into Friday as it continues inland across the Southeast. Moisture from Julia may linger across parts of the Southeast through Friday.

Julia is the third tropical system to make landfall across Florida this season, following Hermine in early September and Colin in June.