• Tropical Storm Julia buffets southern US East Coast

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: Tropical Storm Julia is buffeting the shores of southern US states less than two weeks after Hermine soaked the East Coast, weather forecasters said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Highly unusual for forming over land — in this case over northeast Florida on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) — Julia was moving northeast just east of Savannah, Georgia, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said at 2100 GMT. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of nearly 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour) with higher gusts, it added. Videos from the South Carolina and Georgia coasts posted on social media showed high winds and heavy rain. Some power outages have been reported. “A slow and erratic motion is expected over the next couple of days,” the NHC said, saying some strengthening is possible over the next two days.

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