Depression 12L Near Cape Verde Strengthens to Tropical Storm Julia14.8N 21.5W
At 11:00 PM AST (03:00 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Julia (12L) was located near latitude 13.5 North, longitude 23.5 West. Julia is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/hr).
This general motion is expected to continue through Monday, followed by a turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Julia is expected to pass near the southernmost Cape Verde islands overnight and Monday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/hr) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days and Julia could become a hurricane on Tuesday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).
Hazards affecting land include wind and rainfall. Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread over the
warning area overnight and early Monday. Julia is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over much of the Cape Verde islands, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.