UPDATE: Flash flood watch canceled, Julia downgraded to a tropical depression

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A flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington for New Hanover and Brunswick counties due to Tropical Storm Julia.
A flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington for New Hanover and Brunswick counties due to Tropical Storm Julia.
UPDATED: Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m.
Forcasters with the National Weather Service have canceled the Flash Flood Watch that was in effect for coastal South Carolina and a small portion of North Carolina. Showers are still expected Thursday, especially near the coast. But total rainfall amounts should remain at 1 inch or less.
Julia was downgraded at 5 a.m. to a tropical depression. Most impacts with this system should remain offshore. Forcasters have extended the Small Craft Advisory through Friday night for winds of 20 to 30 knots and seas of 5-8 feet.

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The National Weather Service office in Wilmington has issued a flash flood watch for parts of southeastern North Carolina due to Tropical Storm Julia.

The watch covers all of New Hanover and Brunswick counties and will be in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday evening.

“Julia is moving northward and will kind of stall. She’s going to stick around for a while,” said Dave Loewenthal, a forecaster with the NWS office in Wilmington. “We’re expecting two to four inches of rain, with isolated higher amounts possible. Coastal flooding could be an issue, especially during high tide.”

A high rip current risk will also be in effect for coastal New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties beginning Thursday morning. The strongest rip currents occur within two hours before or after low tide, which will occur around 1 p.m. Thursday.

The storm formed over land in Georgia last night and is currently sitting over parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

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