Tropical Storm Andrea Moves Out

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Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Tropical Storm Andrea is moving at a brisk pace as it heads up the East Coast, bringing winds, heavy rains and a threat of flooding to coastal areas in Georgia and the Carolinas.

The first named storm of the Atlantic season has been losing intensity after hammering parts of Florida with rain, winds and even tornadoes.

Ben Nelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, said Andrea could lose its tropical characteristics as early as Friday morning.

Still, heavy rains were continuing well away from the storm's center, and forecasters warned that it could cause isolated flooding and storm surge over the next two days.

Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Tropical Storm Andrea is weakening slowly as it crosses over Florida toward Georgia and the Carolinas.

The first named storm of the Atlantic season hammered Florida with rain, heavy winds, and tornadoes Thursday. It promised sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that as of 11 p.m. Thursday, Andrea was 40 miles west of Jacksonville, Fla., and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was moving northeast at 15 mph.

Forecasters have discontinued the tropical storm warning for the west coast of Florida.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect along the East Coast, from Flagler Beach, Fla., to Cape Charles Light, Va. A warning also covers the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds and the Lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

Forecasters say heavy rains continue well away from the storm's center.

Officially, Andrea made landfall at 5:40, early Thursday evening, about 10 miles south of Steinhatchee, along the Northwest coast of Dixie County.

Andrea gained strength late last night, but an infusion of dry air weakened the system before it hit shore.

There will be isolated wind gusts and showers across the area, as Andrea zips up the East coast.

A steamy, summery air mass follows Andrea, so 40- 50% rain chances will stick around for the next week.

National Weather Service Advisory

At 445pm Andrea was making landfall along the Dixie/Taylor county line. Current indications suggest winds of 50-60 mph will accompany Andrea's center as she crosses the coast. A broad area of heavy rain extends from the Big Bend into southern GA associated with this storm. General 3-5" storm total rainfall can be expected into south-central GA, along with inland winds of 30-40 mph with higher gusts as Andrea continues north-northeast.

CBS News Copy
June 6, 2013, 9:05 a.m.

Tropical Storm Andrea is gaining strength as it moves in the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Big Bend. Maximum sustained winds are at 60 mph.

There is a potential for tornadoes across central & southern Florida as Andrea approaches the coast Thursday morning. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for parts of the Florida west coast, as well as from Flagler Beach, Fla., to Cape Charles Light, Va.

CBS News Copy
June 6, 2013, 7:09 a.m.

MIAMI | The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season got a little stronger early Thursday as it headed toward Florida's western coast, and a new tropical storm warning was issued for a swath of the U.S. East Coast.

Tropical storm warnings were 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.

Tropical Storm Andrea's maximum sustained winds increased to near 60 mph, and the storm was expected to make landfall in Florida's Big Bend area Thursday afternoon before moving across southeastern Georgia and the Carolinas. It was not expected to strengthen into a hurricane.

"The rain covers a good portion of the Florida peninsula even though the center is a couple of hundred miles off shore," said Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Storm surge would be the biggest threat as the storm comes onshore, Blake said. The Hurricane Center expects a storm surge of 2 to 4 feet "near and to the south" of where the center makes landfall.

He added that flash flooding was a concern, with 3 to 6 inches of rain expected. Isolated areas in Florida and southeastern Georgia could get 8 inches of rain.

Already, the National Weather Service in Tampa confirmed two tornados had touched down early Thursday -- one in Myakka City and the other in Sun City Center. Meteorologist Rodney Wynn said there were reports of downed tree limbs and power lines and minor damage to the porch on at least one home. There were no reports of injuries.

Wynn said there have also been reports of minor flooding in the area, including along Tampa's Bayshore Drive.

Tornado warnings and watches could be issued throughout the day.

The storm was expected to hug the coastline, bringing rain as far as the southern New England area through the weekend.

As of about 5 a.m. EDT Thursday, the storm was centered about 220 miles west-southwest of Tampa and was moving north-northeast at near 13 mph.

In Florida, Gulf Islands National Seashore closed its campgrounds and the road that runs through the popular beach-front park Wednesday. The national seashore abuts Pensacola Beach and the park road frequently floods during heavy rains. On Pensacola Beach, condominium associations asked people to remove furniture on high balconies because of the expected high winds and beach lifeguards warned tourists of possible high surf.

June 5, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday afternoon.

The storm is forecast to make landfall on the Big Bend Thursday afternoon.

As a result, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from the Ochlocknee River to Boca Grande in southwest Florida.

Stay with Eyewitness News and the Pinpoint Weather team for the latest on Andrea.

Associated Press Release

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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