Tropical Storm Julia formed just west of Jacksonville around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph are expected heavy rains and bands of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. all the way to Altamaha Sound, Ga.
From 2 a.m. the storm was centered 15 miles north-northwest of Jacksonville and about 50 miles south-southwest of Brunswick, Ga. Most of the rain and the wind is east of the center of circulation.
The National Weather Service has extended flood warnings past 4 a.m. for Glynn County.
It is expected that heavy rain along coastal areas on Wednesday as Julia moves over our area to the north-northwest at a speed of 8 mph. Most Duval County has seen the worst time Julia. It will address the Fernandina Beach area at 3 a.m. and through Jekyll Island for 5 a.m.
High tide is right around 7:30 in the morning so coming ashore with winds that help create a normal high tide with storm surge potential of 1-2 ‘.
Julia is expected to produce 3-6 inches of rain near the coasts of Florida and Georgia NE and SE isolated Total 10 inches are possible. An isolated tornado is also a possibility.
The National Weather Service says high winds along coastal areas are expected as well and we have had a gust of 51 mph reported in Huguenot Park and 46 mph gust Pier Jacksonville Beach.
A First Coast News viewer in Yulee recorded a gust of wind 61 mph.
St. Simons Island set a record of 4.43 inches recording rainfall Tuesday, easily beating the previous record of 2.03 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Downtown Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach can expect winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, the National Weather Service reports.
A tropical storm warning was issued for the coast of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, Ponte Vedra Beach to Altamaha Sound, Ga., Until further notice.
— Lauren Rautenkranz (@WeatherLauren) September 14, 2016
IWE have no reports of school closures anywhere in our viewing area at this time. Bridges in Jacksonville can be closed in gusty wind speeds reach high enough. We will update as soon as we catch wind of any closures.
St. Johns County should expect heavy rainfall and gusty winds as a tropical system moves over us this evening. pic.twitter.com/s1uYDE9hc0
— St. Johns Co EOC (@StJohnsEOC) September 13, 2016
— Steven Dial (@StevenDialTV) September 14, 2016
— Jim Van Fleet (@JamesVanFleet) September 14, 2016
Hello #Julia! Charge, charge, charge! Anything that takes a charge, charge it. Phones, iPads, tablets, computers, portable chargers.
— Jax Sheriff’s Office (@JSOPIO) September 14, 2016
Heavy rain/wind coming tonight.Pay attention.Stay off roads if u can.Your @CityofJax is monitoring-public works, public safety r prepared.
— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) September 14, 2016