Tropical Storm Julia bringing heavy rain to Florida, Georgia

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. However, over the Northern Bahamas and just off the coast of Florida, is a surface low pressure system. The system is developing an area of heavy rain and thunderstorms, and there is some indication of tropical development. The surface low will move to the Northwest away from the Island region. The only named storm, Tropical Storm Ian, will stay over the open waters of the Atlantic. (Weather Underground via AP)

MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Julia is bringing heavy rain to the northeast coast of Florida and southeast Georgia.

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

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

At 2 a.m. Wednesday, Julia was 15 miles (25 km) north-northwest of Jacksonville, Florida, and moving north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph). It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by late Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian has grown slightly stronger but still was no threat to land over the central Atlantic. In the Pacific, Hurricane Orlene continues to weaken.

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