Tropical Storm Julia forms, expected to become hurricane

GUARDS DOWN YET, BECAUSE THE TROPICS ARE STILL ACTIVE. JASON: MONITORING A SYSTEM IN THE CARBBEAN THIS MORNING. KELLIANNE: YES. THIS IS BEGINNING TO GET ITS ACT TOGETHER AND BECOMING A TROPICAL DEPRESSION AS IT BECOMES — AS IT GOES ON ITS WESTWARD TRACK. ONCE HE GETS NAME, IT WOULD BE NAMED TROPICAL STORM JULIA. STRENGTHENING TO A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE BY SUNDAY BEFORE MAKING LANDFALL IN CENTRAL AMERICA. NOT EXPECTED TO HAVE IMPACT ON THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE REMNANTS OF WHAT WAS TROPICAL DEPRESSION 12 IN THE EASTERN ATLANTIC. BACK AT HOME, NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE TROPICS, BUT IT IS A COOL START TO THE MORNING. IT IS A WARM DAY. JACKETS WILL BE NEEDED THIS MORNING. LATER THIS AFTERNOON, T-SHIRT AND SHORTS WEATHER.

Tropical Storm Julia forms, expected to become hurricane

Tropical Depression 13 strengthened into Tropical Storm Julia on Friday. It’s aimed at Central America and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane.As of Friday morning, the system was 110 miles west of the northern tip of the Guajira Peninsula, Colombia, and had winds of 40 mph. The system was moving west at 18 mph.”On the forecast track, the center of Julia is expected to move across the southwestern Caribbean Sea during the next couple of days, passing near San Andres and Providencia Islands Saturday evening, and reaching the coast of Nicaragua Sunday morning,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Additional strengthening is forecast, and Julia is expected to become a hurricane by Saturday evening before it reaches San Andres and Providencia Islands, and the coast of Nicaragua.”This storm is not expected to impact Florida.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A hurricane warning is in effect for…* San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina Islands ColombiaA hurricane watch is in effect for…* Nicaragua from Bluefields to the Nicaragua/Honduras borderA tropical storm warning is in effect for… * Colombia from Riohacha to the Colombia/Venezuela borderA tropical storm watch is in effect for…* Honduras from the Nicaragua/Honduras border to Punta PatucaKNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUEDStay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates.Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.Understand hurricane forecast models and co nes.Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood.Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes.Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per dayCanned food and soup, such as beans and chiliCan opener for the cans without the easy-open lidsAssemble a first-aid kitTwo weeks’ worth of prescription medicationsBaby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapersFlashlight and batteriesBattery-operated weather radioWHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUEDlisten to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.Complete preparation activities.If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRCANEA smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath.Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | AndroidEnable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts.If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from most severe, moderate-severe, or all alerts.PET AND ANIMAL SAFETYYour pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death.Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets.Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

Tropical Depression 13 strengthened into Tropical Storm Julia on Friday. It’s aimed at Central America and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane.

As of Friday morning, the system was 110 miles west of the northern tip of the Guajira Peninsula, Colombia, and had winds of 40 mph. The system was moving west at 18 mph.

“On the forecast track, the center of Julia is expected to move across the southwestern Caribbean Sea during the next couple of days, passing near San Andres and Providencia Islands Saturday evening, and reaching the coast of Nicaragua Sunday morning,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Additional strengthening is forecast, and Julia is expected to become a hurricane by Saturday evening before it reaches San Andres and Providencia Islands, and the coast of Nicaragua.”

This storm is not expected to impact Florida.

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SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A hurricane warning is in effect for…

* San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina Islands Colombia

A hurricane watch is in effect for…

* Nicaragua from Bluefields to the Nicaragua/Honduras border

A tropical storm warning is in effect for…

* Colombia from Riohacha to the Colombia/Venezuela border

A tropical storm watch is in effect for…

* Honduras from the Nicaragua/Honduras border to Punta Patuca

KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED

  • Stay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates.
  • Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
  • Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.
  • Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood.
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.

The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes.

  • Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day
  • Canned food and soup, such as beans and chili
  • Can opener for the cans without the easy-open lids
  • Assemble a first-aid kit
  • Two weeks’ worth of prescription medications
  • Baby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapers
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Battery operated weather radio

WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED

  • Listen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.
  • Complete preparation activities.
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
  • Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.

HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANE

A smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath.

Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | Android

Enable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts.

If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from most severe, moderate-severe, or all alerts.

PET AND ANIMAL SAFETY

Your pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death.

  • Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets.
  • Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.


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