Tropical Storm Julia bringing heavy rain to Florida, Georgia

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Julia was bringing heavy rain Wednesday morning to the northeast coast of Florida and southeast Georgia.

The slow-moving storm could cause flash flooding and was expected to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain in some areas through Friday, according to the U.S. The National Hurricane Center.

This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at 9:45 AM EDT shows a fairly quiet weather pattern for most of the Caribbean Islands,with the chance of isolated showers. (Weather Underground via AP)
This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at 9:45 AM EDT shows a fairly quiet weather pattern for most of the Caribbean Islands,with the chance of isolated showers. (Weather Underground via AP)

The Hurricane Center also said an isolated tornado was possible across coastal Georgia and southern South Carolina on Wednesday.

A tropical storm warning was in effect Wednesday morning for Fernandina Beach to the Altamaha Sound in Georgia.

By 5 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Julia was centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north Jacksonville, Florida, and moving north near 7 mph (11 kph). Its maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 kph). The storm was expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the day.

Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian is moving north in the central Atlantic but still is no threat to land. In the Pacific, Hurricane Orlene continues to weaken.

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