FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Julia now just south of Hilton Head Island

FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Julia now just south of Hilton Head Island

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Late Tuesday night, Tropical Storm Julia formed just off the southeastern coastline and is expected to bring rain to South Carolina.

Julia is centered just south of Hilton Head and drifting to the northeast.

"That's what we're watching, the slow movement of this," said First Alert Meteorologist Tim Miller. "High pressure to our north is keeping this stagnant."

The track of the storm needs to be watched as its movement will determine rainfall totals across the state over the coming days. At this time, the area most affected will be southeast Georgia and the Lowcountry.  However, we'll see plenty of moisture from this system leading to showers/rain and thunderstorms through early Friday.

"Much of the rain is over the ocean," Miller said.

Flash flood watches have been posted for the lower South Carolina coast as Tropical Storm Julie treks inland over southeastern Georgia.

Spotty power outages have been reported along the Georgia coastline as Tropical Storm Julia moves slowly across the area. Georgia Power officials say about 100 homes and businesses are without power Wednesday morning.

The storm was located near Brunswick, Georgia, at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Officials at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say it's moving slowly and is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Charleston has posted the watches through Wednesday evening. Early Wednesday morning the center of the storm was near the Florida-Georgia state line and moving north into Georgia where it is forecast to weaken into a depression.

In South Carolina, flood watches are posted from the Charleston area southwest to the Georgia state line.

Showers and a few storms will be likely Wednesday morning as well. Rainfall could become heavier for the southern Midlands in the afternoon and evening.

Julia is dropping heavy rain to the northeast coast of Florida and southeast Georgia. A tropical storm warning is in effect Wednesday morning for Fernandina Beach to the Altamaha Sound in 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.

The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the day.

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The storm could bring six or more inches of rain along the coast, but locally higher amounts could be possible. One to two inches of rain is possible in the southern Midlands with scattered heavy downpours possible elsewhere.

Julia is expected to drift east or northeast off the Carolina coastline through Thursday evening. Scattered showers and storms will be possible into Thursday afternoon and evening.

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