MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Edouard was stationary about 180 miles east of Jacksonville Tuesday morning and could begin to slowly drift toward the Florida coast later in the day, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Edouard could bring heavy rain to the north Florida and Georgia coastlines in the coming days, forecasters said.
"It could be three days before it gets close to land," forecaster Martin Nelson said.
Little change in a current wind strength of 40 mph was forecast for the next day, forecaster Jack Beven said.
Meanwhile, a weak Tropical Storm Dolly continued to pose no threat to land as it churned far out in the Atlantic. At 5 a.m. EDT, Dolly had sustained winds of 50 mph, forecasters said.
The storm was about 510 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands in the southeastern Caribbean, moving northwest at 9 mph, forecasters said.
None of the previous three named storms before Dolly became hurricanes. Tropical storms become hurricanes if the sustained winds hit 74 mph.
The 2002 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.
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