Julia Weakens to Tropical Depression Off East Coast

MIAMI (AP) -
This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at 12:45 AM EDT, shows Tropical Storm Julia with sustained winds of forty miles an hour sitting just off of the coast of the Carolinas. Julia will not move much over the next several days and will bring rounds of rain and gusty winds to the region. High pressure is building into the Great Lakes and the Northeast behind a sharp cold front. Much cooler temperatures and sunny skies will accompany this frontal passage. The Southeast and Mississippi River Valley are also under the control of a ridge of high pressure. Mostly sunny skies will prevail. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP)
This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday at 12:45 a.m. EDT shows Tropical Storm Julia with sustained winds of 40 mph sitting just off the coast of the Carolinas. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP)

Julia has weakened to a tropical depression off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, where it’s expected to meander for the next few days, dumping rain, but not posing major threats.

The depression’s maximum sustained winds early Thursday had decreased to near 35 mph with little change in strength forecast over the next two days. As of 5 a.m. EDT Thursday, Julia was centered about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.

Meanwhile, a new tropical depression has formed far out over the Atlantic and is moving west. The depression’s maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with little change in strength expected over the next two days. It’s centered about 365 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian is moving north in the central Atlantic but still is no threat to land.