Tropical Storm Julia expects to become a Category 1 hurricane

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tropical Storm Julia is expected to turn into a hurricane on Saturday as it continues to strengthen, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A recent recommendation from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) states that the system is about 80 miles east-southeast of Isla de San Andres, Colombia and about 225 miles east of Bluefield, Nicaragua.

The tropical storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving west at 18 mph.

Julia does not currently pose a threat to the United States but is expected to make landfall in Nicaragua Sunday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

“Hurricane force winds and dangerous storm surges are expected in areas where the core of the system crosses the islands later in the day and moves ashore in Nicaragua early Sunday morning,” the NHC wrote Saturday morning.

The hurricane then moves further inland where it continues to weaken. However, it is expected to cause flash flooding and mudslides, with flooding even possible over the Tehuantepec Isthmus of Mexico.

A hurricane warning applies to:

  • Islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina in Colombia
  • Nicaragua from Bluefields to Puerto Cabezas

A hurricane watch applies to:

  • Nicaragua north of Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras-Nicaragua border

A tropical storm warning applies to:

  • Nicaragua south of Bluefields to the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border
  • Nicaragua north of Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras-Nicaragua border
  • Pacific coast of Nicaragua
  • Pacific coast of Honduras

A tropical storm watch is in effect for:

  • Honduras from the Nicaragua/Honduras border to Punta Patuca
  • Coast of El Salvador

The rain Julia is expected to bring may pose an even greater threat than the wind, with 5 to 10 inches — and up to 13 to 25 inches in remote areas — expected in parts of Central America.

The remnants of the storm were predicted to sweep across Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico, a region already oversaturated by weeks of heavy rains.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Tropical Storm Julia expects to become a Category 1 hurricane

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