Julia, off S.C. coast, weakens to tropical depression

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tropical Storm Julia has weakened to a tropical depression off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday morning.

The storm, located about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C., has maximum sustained winds of 55 mph.

Julia is expected to linger off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina for the next few days, the hurricane center said.

The storm system continues to drop rain along the South Carolina coast.

According to the hurricane center, additional rainfall of less than an inch is expected across coastal parts of South Carolina and southeast North Carolina into Friday.

There are no watches or warnings associated with the system.

Minor storm damage from Julia was reported in several Florida coastal communities, including Mayport, Neptune Beach and St. Simons.

St. Simons Island set a record for rainfall Tuesday, recording 4.43 inches, easily surpassing the old record of 2.03 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Fla., confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in southern Brevard County, Fla., on Tuesday. It had an estimated peak wind of 75-85 mph. The tornado was on the ground for 3 miles.

No injuries were reported, but there was some damage.

Contributing: WTLV- and WJXX-TV, Jacksonville; Chris Bonanno, Florida Today. Follow Daniel Bonds on Twitter: @Daniel_Bonds

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