CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Julia regained strength Thursday afternoon and was upgraded back to tropical storm status after moving off the Carolina coastline as a tropical depression.
At 5 p.m., the center of the storm was located near latitude 32.1 North, longitude 77.1 West. Julia is moving toward the east near 8 mph.
But the storm's path remains unpredictable because of atmospheric conditions that are keeping it from moving north as most storms would.
"By the end of five days, Julia should be a remnant low," Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said. "But two models do bring it closer to the coast so we'll keep watching it."
Earlier in the week, so-called "spaghetti models" had the storm moving in a circle, strengthening off the coast and then turning back towards South Carolina.
Most of the latest models, however, keep it over the ocean until it dissipates.