UPDATE: First Tropical Storm of the Season, Andrea, Forms

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Andrea has made landfall with winds of about 65 mph but the storm isn

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UPDATE: 6/6/13 6:12 PM CDT

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Tropical Storm Andrea has made landfall with winds of about 65 mph but the storm isn't likely to reach hurricane force.

And while it won't have destructive winds, it does pose a threat from isolated flooding and storm surge before it loses steam over the next two days.

Its center came ashore in Florida's Big Bend area. Andrea has been hammering parts of the Sunshine state with rain, heavy winds, and tornadoes. It's now tracking toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas, where some areas could see torrential rain.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for a large section of Florida's west coast all the way to Virginia, and the lower Chesapeake Bay. Rains and winds from the storm are forecast to sweep northward along the Southeastern U.S. coast tonight and tomorrow.

Andrea, the Atlantic season's first named storm, is expected to lose steam by Saturday as it moves through the eastern United States.


UPDATE: 6/6/13 6:12 PM CDT

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Tropical Storm Andrea has made landfall with winds of about 65 mph but the storm isn't likely to reach hurricane force.

And while it won't have destructive winds, it does pose a threat from isolated flooding and storm surge before it loses steam over the next two days.

Its center came ashore in Florida's Big Bend area. Andrea has been hammering parts of the Sunshine state with rain, heavy winds, and tornadoes. It's now tracking toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas, where some areas could see torrential rain.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for a large section of Florida's west coast all the way to Virginia, and the lower Chesapeake Bay. Rains and winds from the storm are forecast to sweep northward along the Southeastern U.S. coast tonight and tomorrow.

Andrea, the Atlantic season's first named storm, is expected to lose steam by Saturday as it moves through the eastern United States.


UPDATE: 6/6/13 5:17 PM CDT

MIAMI (AP) -- The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Andrea's latest position was about 80 miles southeast of Tallahassee, Fla. That reading was taken at 5 p.m. EDT.

Packing winds of about 60 mph, the Atlantic's first named storm of the season is close to making landfall in Florida's Big Bend area.

Andrea isn't expected to strengthen into a hurricane but forecasters warn it could cause isolated flooding and storm surge before it loses steam over the next two days. And there could be flooding in Southeastern states because of rainfall totals approaching six inches.

Commuters and vacationers in Georgia and the Carolinas will likely face sloppy conditions through the beginning of the weekend. Andrea could bring up to a foot of flooding on the sound side of North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The storm is expected to lose steam by Saturday as it moves through the East.


UPDATE: 6/6/13 11:17 AM CDT

MIAMI (AP) -- Much of Florida is getting a pounding today from heavy rain, as the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season heads toward the state's western coast.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for a large section of Florida's west coast, and for the East Coast all the way to Virginia.

Tropical Storm Andrea's top sustained winds are near 60 miles an hour. It's expected to make landfall this afternoon in Florida's Big Bend area before moving across southeastern Georgia and the Carolinas.

South Georgia residents are bracing for heavy rains that could lead to flooding. Forecasters say while heavy rain and floods will be the main threats in Georgia, tornadoes are also possible.

In Florida, the storm surge is expected to be the biggest threat as the storm comes onshore.

As it moves up the East Coast, the storm is expected to hug the coastline, bringing rain as far as southern New England through the weekend.

Heavy rains associated with the storm have soaked the western part of Cuba for the last several days, overflowing rivers and damaging crops.


UPDATE: 6/6/13 4:15 AM CDT

MIAMI (AP) -- The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has gotten a little stronger as it heads toward Florida's western coast and a new tropical storm warning has been issued for a swath of the U.S. East Coast.

Andrea's maximum sustained winds early Thursday increased to near 60 mph (95 kph) and the storm is expected to reach Florida's Big Bend area later in the day before moving across southeastern Georgia.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for a large section of Florida's west coast from Boca Grande to Indian Pass and for the East Coast from Flagler Beach, Fla., all the way to Cape Charles Light in Virginia.

The storm is centered about 220 miles (355 kilometers) west-southwest of Tampa and is moving north-northeast near 13 mph (20 kph).


MIAMI (AP) -- The first named storm of Atlantic season, Andrea, has formed over the Gulf of Mexico and was likely to bring wet weather to parts of Florida's west coast by the end of the week.

Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for the west coast of Florida from Boca Grande to an area along the coast south of Tallahassee.

Andrea had maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour, according to a 6 p.m. weather outlook. It was moving toward the north near three miles per hour and forecasters expected the storm to continue moving northeastward at a faster speed on Thursday.

The center of Andrea was expected to reach the coast of the Florida Big Bend on Thursday afternoon or evening and move over southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina Thursday night and Friday.


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