Julia weakened to a tropical depression Thursday, and a flash flood watch has been canceled as the storm drifts away from the coast.
The possibility of some heavy rainfall still exists. A projected 1 to 3 inches of rain could still accumulate through the weekend from scattered showers, and flood-prone, low-lying areas are still at risk for some flooding, weather authorities said.
The biggest impacts are expected to remain offshore, where a small craft advisory has been extended through Friday night because of 25 to 30 knot winds and 5- to 8-foot sea swells, weather officials said.
There is also a moderate-to-high risk for rip currents along the beaches through the weekend, according to officials with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
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Red flag warnings were issued in the Myrtle Beach area, advising swimmers to only swim knee deep because of rough ocean conditions and the high risk of rip currents.
As Julia meanders off the coast for the next few days, she isn’t expected to lash the area with high winds.
Around 5 a.m. Thursday, Julia was about 60 miles south-southeast of Charleston, and she is expected to move slowly and erratically over the next few days, weather officials said.
Maximum sustained winds have lessened to about 35 mph with higher gusts, and little change in strength is expected during the next 48 hours, according to the weather service.