ALONG THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AT STANFORD — AT SANFORD AND DELAND. WE ARE FOLLOWING TROPICAL STORM JULIA. A HURRICANE PLANE JUST SURVEYED AND FOUND IT HAS STRENGTHENED, WITH WINDS TO 45 MPH NORTH OF COLUMBIA MOVING WESTWARD AT 70 MPH. IT IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY RAPIDLY OVER THE WEEKEND INTO A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE BEFORE IT MAKES LANDFALL EARLY ON SUNDAY OVER CENTRAL NICARAGUA THEN ACROSS CENTRAL AMERICA WHERE IT WEAKENS. THIS IS EXPECTED TO FALL TOWARDS A FOOT OF RAIN FALLING OVER PARTS OF CENTRAL AMERICA WHICH WOULD CAU

Tropical Storm Julia is forming and expected to become a hurricane

Tropical Depression 13 transformed into Tropical Storm Julia on Friday. It is targeting Central America and is expected to develop into a hurricane. As of Friday evening, the system was 160 miles north of Barranquilla, Colombia, and 360 miles east of Isla de Providencia, Colombia. Julia had winds of 45 mph, and the system was moving west at 17 mph. “On the forecast track, the center of Julia is expected to pass near or over San Andres and Providencia Islands on Saturday evening, then reach the coast of Nicaragua on Sunday morning. Julia or her remnants will then turn west-northwestward. over Central America by Monday,” the National Hurricane Center said. This storm is not expected to affect Florida. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A hurricane warning is in effect for…* San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands Colombia* Nicaragua from Laguna de Perlas to Puerto CabezasA hurricane watch is in effect for.. .* Nicaragua south of Laguna de Perlas to Bluefields* Nicaragua north of Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras/Nicaragua border A tropical storm warning is in effect for…* Nicaragua south of Laguna de Perlas to Bluefields* Nicaragua north from Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras/Nicaragua borderA tropical area a 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 for WESH 2 News, WESH.COM or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates. Prepare to bring inside any patio furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything that may be r picked up by the wind. Understand hurricane forecast models and cones. Prepare to cover all the windows in your home. If shutters have not been installed, use pre-cut plywood. Check the batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water and medicine. water: One gallon of water per person per dayCanned foods and soup, such as beans and chiliCan opener for cans without the easy-open lidsAssemble a first aid kitTwo weeks of prescription medicationBaby’s needs/ children, such as baby formula and diapersFlashlight and batteriesBattery operated weather radioWHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUEDListen to the advice of local authorities. If you are advised to evacuate, leave. Complete preparedness activities. If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. Watch out for tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur during a hurricane and after it passes. Stay indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or windowless bathroom. HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP YOU DURING A HURRICANE A smartphone can be your best friend during a hurricane – with the right websites and applications, you can turn it into a powerful tool to guide you through the approach, arrival and aftermath of a storm. Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | AndroidEnable emergency alerts – if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go to 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 right at the bottom and click “Settings”. In the settings menu, click on “Severe weather alerts”. From the menu, select from the most severe, moderate to severe, or all alerts. PET AND PET SAFETY Your pet should be part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them as well. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, can result in injury or death. Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to see if they allow pets. if they could house your pet.

Tropical Depression 13 transformed into Tropical Storm Julia on Friday. It is targeting Central America and is expected to develop into a hurricane.

As of Friday evening, the system was 160 miles north of Barranquilla, Colombia, and 360 miles east of Isla de Providencia, Colombia.

Julia had winds of 45 mph and the system was moving west at 17 mph.

“On the forecast track, the center of Julia is expected to pass near or over San Andres and Providencia Islands on Saturday evening, then reach the coast of Nicaragua on Sunday morning. Julia or her remnants will then turn west-northwestward at over Central America by Monday,” the National Hurricane Center said.

This storm is not expected to affect Florida.

SUMMARY OF EFFECTIVE WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

A hurricane warning is in effect for…

* Islands of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina Colombia

* Nicaragua from Laguna de Perlas to Puerto Cabezas

A hurricane watch is in effect for…

* Nicaragua south of Laguna de Perlas in Bluefields

* Nicaragua north of Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras/Nicaragua border

A tropical storm warning is in effect for…

* Nicaragua south of Laguna de Perlas in Bluefields

* Nicaragua north of Puerto Cabezas to the Honduras/Nicaragua 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.
  • Be prepared to bring indoor garden furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, garbage cans, hanging plants and anything that can be blown away.
  • Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.
  • Prepare to cover all the windows in your home. If shutters have not been installed, use pre-cut plywood.
  • Check the batteries and stock up on canned goods, first aid supplies, drinking water and medicine.

The WESH 2 First Warning Weather Team recommends having these items ready before the storm hits.

  • Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day
  • Preserves and soups, such as beans and chili
  • Can opener for cans without easy-open lids
  • Assemble a first aid kit
  • Two weeks of prescription medication
  • Baby/child needs, such as formula and diapers
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery operated weather radio

WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED

  • Listen to the advice of local elected officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.
  • Complete preparation activities.
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
  • Watch out for tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur during a hurricane and after it passes. Stay indoors, in the center of your home, in a windowless closet or bathroom.

HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP YOU DURING A HURRICANE

A smartphone can be your best friend during a hurricane. With the right websites and apps, you can make this a powerful tool to guide you through the approach, arrival and aftermath of a storm.

Download the WESH 2 News app to iOS | android

Turn on emergency alerts – if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go to 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 right at the bottom and click “Settings”. In the settings menu, click on “Severe weather alerts”. From the menu, select from the most severe, moderate to severe, or all alerts.

PET AND PET SAFETY

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

  • Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to see if they allow pets.
  • Ask friends, relatives and others outside the affected area if they could house your pet.

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