The storm is expected to dump between 3 and 6 inches of rain on the northeast Florida, Georgia and parts of the SC coastlines through Friday afternoon, the weather service said. The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by late Wednesday.
There's a new tropical cyclone in the Atlantic.
"The formation of a tropical storm while the center of circulation is over land is a bit unusual, but not unprecedented", Dennis Feltgen of the National Weather Service tells NPR. Its maximum sustained winds were near 40 miles per hour (65 kph).
Tropical Storm Julia is making for a rainy Wednesday for sections of north Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
In Julia's case, while the center of the storm technically formed over land, most of the storm's heavy rain and thunderstorms were offshore, Klotzbach said.
Videos from the SC and Georgia coasts posted on social media showed high winds and heavy rain.
Earlier forecasts estimated twice as much rain. The storm already brought some isolated flooding and power outages to the southern Georgia coast overnight.
The Hurricane Center also said an isolated tornado was possible across coastal Georgia and southern SC on Wednesday.
Rossiter said he walked to the school near Savannah in stiff, swirling winds and a steady drizzle.
Schools are open in northeast Florida and Georgia, but parents in Glynn County, Georgia, were warned that bus service could be delayed by the storm.
This storm didn't get a lot of attention at first, and StormTeam 16 Meteorologist Mike Hoffman explained why during our 5 p.m. newscast.
A tropical storm warning had been in effect Wednesday morning from Fernandina Beach to the Altamaha Sound in Georgia but was later canceled.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian was moving north in the central Atlantic but still was no threat to land.