FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Julia weakens to tropical depression

FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Julia weakens to tropical depression

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The worst is over for the Lowcountry this week after Julia weakened to a tropical depression Thursday morning.

Light showers are expected Thursday, with rainfall totalling about one inch or less. Meteorologist Joey Sovine says heavy rain will remain offshore.

A risk of rip currents remains along the coast.

All roads closed due to flooding in downtown Charleston Wednesday afternoon have been reopened, Charleston County dispatchers say.

Then-tropical-storm Julia formed over the coast of northeastern Florida Tuesday night, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the Lowcountry as it moved north.

At 5:15 a.m. Thursday, Julia was traveling 60 miles south-southeast of downtown Charleston at about two miles per hour. Winds in the Lowcountry were 10 to 15 miles per hour with higher wind gusts along the coast.

The rainmaker is expected to meander off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. Sovine says Tropical Depression Julia will likely be downgraded to a low-pressure system over the next couple of days.

Lowcountry school districts were watching the weather Wednesday in case rainfall from Julia would require school schedules to be adjusted.

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