MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The system we've been watching off the coast of Florida was upgraded Tuesday night to Tropical Storm Julia. The news came from at 11 PM EST update from the National Hurricane Center. Julia currently has sustained winds of 40 MPH, and is located 5 miles west of Jacksonville, Florida. Julia is expected to move northwest at about 9 MPH. Julia is not expected to reach hurricane strength due to the storm moving entirely over land Wednesday.
Julia is already bringing heavy wind and rain to parts of Florida Tuesday night. Areas from northeast Florida to South Carolina may see anywhere from 3 to 7 inches and possibly more than 10 inches in some isolated cases.
The expected track of Julia severely limits any tropical impact for Alabama. At best we'll see an increase of storm activity for extreme east Alabama over the next 24 to 48 hours. But with dry air filtering into the state I feel we'll deal with the same weather we've been experiencing for the past couple of days. Expect a good mix of sun and clouds early on Wednesday. Gradual heating will warm us up into the low to mid 90s for an afternoon high. Skies by this point will be partly cloudy. Rain activity will be isolated to scattered through the afternoon and evening hours. East Alabama will be the most favorable area for rain activity. Winds may be breeze at times but most will deal with a northeasterly breeze between 5 to 10 MPH.