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Tropical Storm Julia a First in Florida

September 13, 2016

- Julia is producing tropical storm conditions near the First Coast

- Minor flooding, wind gusts to 45 mph, isolated tornadoes, beach erosion possible

- Conditions will dramatically improve by morning


11 pm Tuesday: The National Hurricane Center began advisories on newly formed Tropical Storm Julia, which formed 10 miles west-southwest of Jacksonville, Florida.  Julia is the first cyclone to be named over land in Florida, according to Hurricane Specialist Dr. Phil Klotzbach.


Not much has changed with regards to impacts from Julia. Our earlier post (below) is still very valid.   Heavy rain, gusty winds, isolated tornadoes, and rough surf is likely tonight near Florida’s First Coast.



Official information from The National Hurricane Center is listed below the original article. If you don't have a way to stay informed overnight of possible tornado warnings, we encourage you to set up notifications on our mobile app Florida Storms.





Posted earlier Tuesday

Satellite and radar data suggested winds up to tropical storm force were already occurring just offshore from an area of low pressure near Daytona Beach. A tornado was also reported early Tuesday afternoon near Palm Bay.


Advisories on a tropical depression or storm were not initiated by the National Hurricane Center at 5pm, but could be required later Tuesday evening. If it becomes a Tropical Storm, it would be named Julia. Regardless of development, heavy rain, gusty winds, isolated tornadoes, and rough surf is possible tonight and early Wednesday near Florida’s Palm and First Coasts.

Rainfall amounts of three to five inches are possible, with the highest amounts near and east of the I-95 corridor. An isolated tornado is also possible in some of the strongest rain squalls.  Gusty winds up to 45 mph might also cause minor wind damage in a few spots during times of heavier rain. The strong onshore flow will also kick up surf, making for adverse boating and swimming conditions through Thursday.


Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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