TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tropical Storm Julia developed into a tropical storm Friday as it straddled the northern shores of South America.
Julia is located north-northeast of Barranquilla, Colombia, and is moving west at 18 mph.
Peak wind speeds are at 40 mph, the minimum level for a tropical storm.
As Julia goes over an open patch of southern Caribbean waters, it will gain strength Saturday and Sunday. Its steady westerly movement will bring a category 1 hurricane into the coast of Nicaragua by Sunday, based on the forecast track from the National Hurricane Center.
While Julia's upper-level cloudiness may spread across the Gulf of Mexico early next week, none if its storm impacts will be experienced anywhere along the Gulf coastline in the United States.