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Tropical Storm Julia Dumps Heavy Rain In Florida, Georgia

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Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Tropical Storm Julia is bringing heavy rain to the northeast coast of Florida and southeast Georgia.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said some areas could get up to 6 inches of rain through Friday.

Forecasters also say an isolated tornado is possible today across coastal Georgia and southern South Carolina.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the center of the storm was located 10 miles west of Brunswick, Georgia, with sustained winds of 40 mph. It was drifting north at 7 mph.

Seemingly as fast as Tropical Storm Julia moved in last night, it leaves today, and conditions will improve quickly, said Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman.

“Because Julia's circulation became a bit better organized overnight that's actually going to pull in some dry air from the west,” Huffman said. “We're on the south side of the system as it moves into Georgia this morning and I expect some sunshine this afternoon.”

Even though the storm was weak, Huffman said it will be remembered for one very odd reason.

“Julia was the first tropical cyclone to be named over land in Florida,” Huffman said. “Truly a rarity because systems typically form over water. But it was so close to the warm waters of the Atlantic that's what it set off of to become better organized late Tuesday evening.”