No threat expected from Tropical Storm Karl, which is forecast to strengthen to hurricane status
After almost a week spinning at sea, Tropical Storm Julia is no longer a named system but it’s still bringing rains and the threat of rip currents to North Carolina.
“All we’re going to get from it is rain,” Robert Frederick, meteorologist, said, adding that he expects the storm to move very slowly across the area.
Rain from the storm began falling in the area Monday afternoon and is expected to continue through Wednesday or Thursday, he said. In general, areas should expect one to three inches of rain from the storm, although Frederick said some spots may see three to five inches. The highest amounts, he added, are expected to hit along a line from Kinston to Hatteras.
The National Hurricane Center issued its last advisory on Julia on Sunday night.
But the remnants of the storm were to meander near the state for several days bringing heavy rains from North Carolina to the Northeast and potentially impacting travel in the next few days.
“I’m sure when it’s raining hard, it will make visibility low and there may be some ponding on roads,” Frederick said. “Some places might have some flooding concerns.”
The meteorologist said he doesn’t expect any high winds from Julia — or any impact from Tropical Storm Karl, which is currently spinning in the Atlantic. Karl is expected to strengthen to hurricane status by week’s end but continue on a track that takes it toward Bermuda and away from the North Carolina coast.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.