Tropical Storm Julia regains strength as it meanders off the Carolinas

Update 5 p.m.: The strange cyclone that is Tropical Storm Julia has regained strength as it spins off the coast of South Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said as of the 5 p.m. advisory that Julia is back up to 40 mph winds after having deteriorated to a depression overnight.

Julia is expected to meander off the coast of the Carolinas for the next few days. Tropical storm force winds form Julia extend out 80 miles.

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Tropical depression Julia as of 5 a.m. Thursday.

After expecting Tropical Storm Julia to strengthen slightly as it moves over the water, it instead weakened overnight to a tropical depression.

And a tropical depression – number 12 – that was thought could strengthen to a tropical storm yesterday or today, which would make it Karl, instead is struggling.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Julia has 35 mph winds as it moves east at 2 mph about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, SC.

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Julia is expected to meander offshore for the next couple of days without strengthening.

Julia's track looks like a bird's nest as of 5 a.m. this morning.

Julia’s track looks like a bird’s nest as of 5 a.m. this morning.

AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski agreed with yesterday’s official hurricane center forecast that called for Julia to strengthen slightly over water. He said that’s what most models were pointing at happening.

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But the storm, which was never even supposed to get a name, fooled everyone again.

Tropical depression 12, which is 365 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving west at 16 mph.

The system is expected to stay on a westward track and speed up some, but the forecast doesn’t call for strengthening until Monday when it could become a weak tropical storm.

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