NC remains unaffected as Julia loiters in Atlantic

Posted September 13, 2016 10:32 p.m. EDT
Updated September 14, 2016 11:21 p.m. EDT

— A tropical system that has been in the Atlantic for the past week was upgraded to tropical storm Julia Tuesday night, but will have minimal impact on North Carolina.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Wednesday night that the storm was not well organized and the biggest threat from the system is rain, with little chance of damage from wind or storm surge.

The storm, which was about 260 miles south of North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, is expected to track back out into the Atlantic and linger there overnight.

“As long as it doesn’t make any definitive northern movement, then much if not all of North Carolina will not feel the effects," Fishel said.

Fishel noted, however, that a small shift could mean that coastal areas, including Wilmington, could see rain.

While the system is not expected to cause any issues locally, Fishel said it could temporarily strengthen over the next day, but the change would be short-lived as winds increase.

"Whatever strengthening it does experience, if at all, will likely weaken as we head into the weekend," Fishel said.