TRACKING THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Julia forms, moves away from Florida


(WFLA) — Tropical Storm Julia has formed, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve says there may be enhanced rain locally, however, Julia is moving away from Florida.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ian continues to show little change in strength as it moves over the central Atlantic.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds Wednesday morning are near 40 mph with slight strengthening forecast over the next two days. Ian is centered about 895 miles (1,435 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving north-northwest near 13 mph (20 kph).

Far out over the Pacific, Hurricane Orlene has weakened a little. The Category 2 storm’s maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph (155 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says gradual weakening is expected during the next few days.

Orlene is centered about 605 miles (975 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and is moving north near 5 mph (7 kph).

Ian and Orlene do not pose threats to land, currently.

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