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Tropical Storm Julia forms along the Florida coast

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Tropical Storm Julia has formed near Jacksonville, Florida.  As of 11:00pm Wednesday, the center of the storm was near Jacksonville, Florida. The storm is forecast to become a tropical depression and move very slowly over southern Georgia through Thursday evening. 

At 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Julia was located near latitude 30.3 North, longitude 81.6 West.

Julia is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue tonight with a reduction in forward speed tomorrow.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Little change in strength is expected tonight. Julia is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression by late Wednesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km), mainly to the northeast and southeast of the center. Recent observations indicate that sustained tropical-storm-force winds are occurring along the northeast coast of Florida from Ponte Vedra northward to the mouth of the St. Johns River. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb (29.80 inches).

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