Tropical Storm Julia has formed off Colombia and is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall over the weekend in Central America, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
Currently, winds are projected to hit 85 mph within 48 hours.
An area of high pressure north of the depression is expected to keep the system moving west toward Central America, according to AccuWeather.
Tropical Storm #Julia is forecast to make landfall at a similar location to Hurricanes Eta & Iota, Cat 4 storms that devastated the coast of Nicaragua in 2020. Julia is projected to be a Category 1 at landfall but could disrupt recovery.https://t.co/icV0pVdlG1 pic.twitter.com/bF5uusutk7
— Breaking Weather by AccuWeather (@breakingweather) October 7, 2022
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Elsewhere, the remnants of Tropical Depression 12 dissipated over the east-central Atlantic Thursday night. The Hurricane Center issued its last advisory on the system 11 p.m. Thursday.
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Here's the latest update from the NHC as of 11 a.m. Oct. 7:
Tropical Storm Julia
Location: 560 miles east of Isla De Providencia, Colombia
Maximum wind speed: 40 mph
Direction: west at 18 mph
At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Julia was located 560 miles east of Isla De Providencia, Colombia.
Julia is moving toward the west near 18 mph. A westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected through Sunday.
On the forecast track, the center of Julia is expected to move across the southwestern Caribbean Sea during the next couple of days, passing near San Andres and Providencia Islands Saturday evening, and reaching the coast of Nicaragua Sunday morning.
After landfall, Julia or its remnants are expected to turn west-northwestward and move across Central America through Monday.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph, with higher gusts.
Additional strengthening is forecast, and Julia is expected to become a hurricane with winds of 85 mph by Saturday evening before it reaches San Andres and Providencia Islands, and the coast of Nicaragua.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center.
Forecast track for Tropical Storm Julia
Who is likely to be impacted?
Julia is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane by Saturday evening while it moves over the southwestern Caribbean Sea, and a hurricane warning is now in effect for San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina Islands.
A hurricane watch is also now in effect for much of the Nicaragua coast.
Hurricane-force winds and a dangerous storm surge are expected in areas where the core of the system crosses the islands and moves onshore.
The risk of flash flooding continues today over portions of the Guajira Peninsula. The potential for life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides is expected to spread to portions of Central America this weekend.
Forecasters urge all residents to continue monitoring the tropics and to always be prepared during what's expected to be an active hurricane season.
When is the Atlantic hurricane season?
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
When is the peak of hurricane season?
Although the season has gotten off to a quiet start, the peak of the season is Sept. 10, with the most activity happening between mid-August and mid-October, according to the Hurricane Center.
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Tropical forecast over next five days
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Excessive rainfall forecast
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Systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.
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This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: Tropics watch: Tropical Storm Julia forecast to become hurricane