Uh-oh, another tropical storm formed in Florida on Sept. 13. Tropical Storm Julia is making its way up the Eastern coast of the U.S., and HollywoodLife.com wants you to know about what the cyclone is predicted to do and where its headed. Get the facts right here!
1. It’s not a very strong tropical storm (at least not yet).
The biggest threat of Julia so far is heavy rain, which could result in flooding especially at times of high tide. Between 3 and 6 inches of rain is predicted, with some cities within 75 miles of the coast getting closer to 10 inches.
2. There’s a potential for Julia to get stronger, but it’s also possible for it to die off.
Whether Julia ends up weakening or strengthening (or lingering as a smaller tropical storm) depends on the path the storm takes in the days after it formed. It’s more likely for Julia to strengthen if the storm’s center wanders offshore, but will weaken if it stays inland. Hurricane experts are predicting Julia to weaken as it makes its way up the coast, becoming a “remnant” by Sept. 15.
3. Julia is the third tropical storm to hit Florida in the 2016 hurricane season.
Prior to Julia, Florida was struck with Hurricane Hermine in late August into the beginning of September and also felt the affects of Tropical Storm Colin in June. Although Floridians are probably nervous about Julia after being hit twice, this storm doesn’t seem to be capable of doing as much damage (Hermine resulted in more than $200 million worth of losses).
4. The same states that were affected by Hurricane Hermine are in Julia’s path.
Along with Florida, parts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina are predicted to be hit with flooding from Julia. While GA, SC, and NC are likely going to be affected on their coasts, Julia is actually set projected over the northern part of the state between the panhandle and Orlando.
5. Julia is the first tropical storm to be named while over land in Florida.
Every other tropical storm that began in Florida has formed closer to the coast, so they’ve all been named while along the coast. Since Julia is probably not going to be as severe as preceding tropical storms, apparently “she” wanted some way to stand out!
HollywoodLifers, will you be affected by Tropical Storm Julia? If you are, please stay aware of the storm’s path!