Last updated: 09:41 AM ET, Wed September 14 2016

Tropical Storm Julia Stunning East Coast With Heavy Rain, Wind

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 14, 2016

Tropical Storm Julia Stunning East Coast With Heavy Rain, Wind

Photo: Tropical Storm Julia (Photo via @WeatherChannel)

On Wednesday, Tropical Storm Julia stunned Florida residents and meteorologists when it became the first tropical cyclone on record to be named while over land in the state.

According to, the National Weather Service announced that Tropical Storm Julia made landfall 50 miles north of Jacksonville with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. An estimated six million people have been issued a flash flood watch.

The storm—which is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression late Wednesday—is projected to move north along the East Coast, dumping three-to-six inches of rain on Florida, Georgia and parts of the South Carolina’s coastline through Friday afternoon.

A tropical storm warning was put in place from Fernandina Beach, Florida, to Altamaha Sound, Georgia, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott told residents in the impacted regions to have their evacuation plans in place as forecasters said up to 10 inches of rain and flash floods are possible in some areas.

Airports in the region are not reporting any flight delays or cancellations right now, but roads in the impacted regions may be dealing with flooding over the next three days. People hitting the roads are encouraged to check local news outlets to make sure major travel routes are open and in full service.

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