TS Andrea will not become hurricane

TS Andrea will make landfall along Fla.'s west coast

June 6, 2013

The first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane, Andrea brought wind gusts as high as 48 mph in St. Petersburg, Florida according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters said Andrea won’t spend enough time over the Gulf of Mexico to develop hurricane force winds.

Tropical storm warnings were posted for Florida’s West Coast from Boca Grande to Indian Pass and for the state’s East Coast from Flagler Beach to the Cape Charles lighthouse in Virginia, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds, and the lower Chesapeake Bay south of Point new Comfort.

Andrea is projected to make landfall in the crook of the State’s west coast.

As of 11 a.m. ET, Tropical Storm Andrea had winds of 60 mph and was moving to the northeast at 15 mph. The center of the storm was located about 110 miles west of Tampa.

Andrea is not forecast to strengthen into a hurricane.

The NHC said it didn’t expect any significant change in Andrea’s strength before it reached the coast Thursday, and some weakening is expected Thursday night and early Friday, when Andrea is expected to lose its tropical storm status.

The main threat from Andrea will be torrential rain, which will cause flooding across the northern half of Florida, especially along the west coast. Rainfall totals could be as high as six inches.

Andrea could bring a few tornadoes over the Florida peninsula Thursday, the NHC said.

The storm has already spawned six tornadoes this morning in Florida, according to Weather Channel severe storm expert Greg Forbes. A tornado watch remained in effect for much of the state of Florida throughout the day.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it is monitoring conditions and urged people living in the storm’s path to prepare for severe weather and follow the instructions of state, tribal and local officials.

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