Hurricane Julia is expected to form over the Caribbean this weekend

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tropical Storm Julia, which would be the 10th named storm of the season, is expected to form Friday and likely become a hurricane over the southern Caribbean Sea this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.

As of 5 a.m. ET Friday, Tropical Depression 13 was located about 35 miles southeast of Colombia’s Guajira Peninsula, the northernmost point of South America. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. The system was moving west at 15 miles per hour and that general movement was expected to continue through Sunday, the NHC said.

It is forecast to pass near or over the peninsula on Friday morning and then move over the southwestern Caribbean Sea and near the islands of San Andres and Providencia for the remainder of Friday and Saturday. It should be near the coast of Nicaragua on Sunday.

The system is expected to become a tropical storm later Friday morning or afternoon. It will likely strengthen into a hurricane before reaching Nicaragua and those islands, the NHC said.

It poses no threat to Florida, according to WFLA meteorologist Leigh Spann. Last week, Hurricane Ian hit the state after making landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm.

The storm could bring up to 15 inches of rain to parts of Central America. The NHC warns that heavy rains could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in parts of the region.

The storm surge could raise water levels by about 1 to 3 feet above normal tides in some areas.

Waves from the storm will affect the ABC Islands and parts of Venezuela and Guajira
Peninsula, and are expected to hit Jamaica and parts of Central America. The waves could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents, the NHC said.

A hurricane watch is in place for San Andres and the islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina (Colombia). A tropical storm warning has been issued for other parts of Colombia.

The NHC issued its final recommendation for Tropical Depression 12 on Thursday evening after it dissipated over the eastern mid-Atlantic. Hurricane Julia is expected to form over the Caribbean this weekend

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