Heavy rains, harsh winds expected in our area as tropical storm has 70 percent chance of forming

Heavy rains are expected throughout the coastal areas overnight as a low pressure system moves over our area. Radar shows some seriously dense rain bands coming northward to the west.

The National Weather Service says that intense winds are expected throughout the coastal areas as well overnight, with winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 55 mph until 11 p.m.

Downtown Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach can expect winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, the National Weather Service says in an update.



The tropical system making its way toward Jacksonville now has a 70 percent chance of being a named tropical storm - she'd be called Julia. That's up from 40 percent earlier in the day. This system may reach Fernandina Beach by 3 a.m.

Sawgrass and Ponte Vedra Beach are directly below the tropical low pressure system.

According to the National Weather Service, "These wind speeds are the equivalent of a strong afternoon thunderstorm or a very strong local northeaster but for several hours duration."

Isolated tornadoes are possible along the coast and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Spot amounts of 4 to 6 inches of rain are possible over southeast Georgia. Main areas of concern in southeast Georgia are McCoys Creek, Hogans Creek, Sherman Creek and the City of Brunswick.

Beach erosion is possible for all beaches on the First Coast, the National Weather Service says.



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