Tropical Storm Julia, a small weather system parked along the southeastern Atlantic coast, wouldn't be especially noteworthy except for one thing: There's never been another storm like it — at least since record-keeping started.
First the basics: At 10 p.m. ET, Julia, the 10th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, was about 50 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C. It was pushing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving slowly east-northeast, the National Weather Service said.
Other than flood advisories for parts of the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, no tropical watches or warnings were in effect.
But here's why Julia's notable: When it formed Tuesday night over the Jacksonville, Fla., area, it formed OVER the Jacksonville, Fla., area — the first time in recorded history that a tropical storm has formed over land in Florida.
Only about 2 percent of all tropical cyclones form over land, said TODAY meteorologist Dylan Dreyer. In fact, it's been 29 years since any tropical storm has formed over U.S. land anywhere — Beryl, which formed over southeastern Louisiana in 1988.
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