Leaving some heavy rainfall in its wake, a weakening Tropical Depression Julia moved further offshore Thursday, but it will likely meander about there through the weekend.
Julia was downgraded from a tropical storm early in the morning and has now moved about 125 miles east-southeast of Charleston. The threat for excessive rainfall along the coast no longer exists, but forecasters say strong wind gusts could continue. The storm’s presence also led forecasters to warn about the risk of dangerous rip currents throughout Thursday and Friday.
More than five inches of rain fell along parts of the coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the National Weather Service (NWS) reporting nearly 3.7 inches Wednesday in the Charleston area. Some minor flooding closed roads on the city’s downtown peninsula, but the storm’s impact was no worse than a severe thunderstorm for the most part.
The NWS has issued a coastal flood advisory for most of the coastline from Savannah to the Charleston area Thursday evening, warning high tide will peak well above its normal level. More rain is expected in the Grand Strand on Friday, but forecasters say it will feel more like a normal storm than tropical weather.
State Emergency Management Division staffers were coordinating with local agencies Wednesday, but director Kim Stenson said there were no requests for assistance.
Julia caught many forecasters by surprise when it abruptly strengthened into a tropical storm on Wednesday morning. The National Hurricane Center has said it’s unusual for a storm to be upgraded while passing overland as Julia did.