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Andrea No Longer A Tropical Storm; Drenches Coast

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The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is now losing its tropical characteristics, but tropical storm warnings for Andrea remain in effect for the southern mid-Atlantic coast. The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is now losing its tropical characteristics, but tropical storm warnings for Andrea remain in effect for the southern mid-Atlantic coast.
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Andrea No Longer A Tropical Storm; Drenches Coast
Updated: June 7, 2013 at 6:16 p.m.

The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is now losing its tropical characteristics, but tropical storm warnings for Andrea remain in effect for the southern mid-Atlantic coast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 5 p.m. EDT Friday that the storm's low-level center is losing definition but remains a threat to the East Coast.

The storm was centered in eastern North Carolina about 55 miles (88 kilometer) northeast of Raleigh and moving toward the Northeast at nearly 30 mph (48 kph). It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph).

Tropical storm warnings remained in effect for coastal communities in North Carolina and southern Virginia.

Forecasters say Andrea could still bring high winds, heavy rainfall, and localized coastal flooding through Saturday across the mid-Atlantic states and New England.

Storm Knocks Out Power To Thousands In Carolinas
Updated: June 7, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.

Tropical Storm Andrea has been bringing wind and rain to the Carolinas, causing thousands to lose power.

The storm raced through South Carolina early today, on its path northward. Forecasters issued flood watches across much of the Carolinas, and some tornado watches.

The storm earlier brought rain, heavy wind and tornadoes to parts of Florida, before moving quickly across south Georgia. It lost some strength after moving ashore yesterday in Florida's Big Bend, with its winds dropping to 45 miles an hour.

Rain and wind from the storm are expected to sweep northward along much of the East Coast today.

Tropical Storm Andrea moving into North Carolina
Updated: June 7, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.

Tropical Storm Andrea is moving into North Carolina as of 11:00 a.m. Friday.

The National Hurricane Center reports the storm is currently 90 miles west of Wilmington with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

The tropical storm warning has been discontinued south of South of Santee River, South Carolina.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect from South Santee River to Cape Charles Light, Virginia.

Andrea is expected to lose tropical characteristics later Friday. 

Tropical Storm Andrea zipping up the East Coast
Updated Friday, June 7, 2013 at 6:20 a.m. 

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.

Tropical Storm Andrea Bearing Down On Florida's Big Bend Area
Updated: June 6, 2013 at 6:50 p.m.

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.

TS Andrea Expected To Bring Flooding To Charleston
Updated: June 6, 2013 at 3:22 p.m.

Emergency officials in Charleston are warning that the biggest impact from Tropical Storm Andrea in the area will likely be flooding.

Forecasters say heavy rains are expected to spread across the area Thursday, with 3 to 5 inches expected in some areas. Parts of Charleston County already have seen flooding this week with as much as 7 inches of rain.

The worst flooding will likely happen during high tide, which is expected in Charleston around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday.

County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor is asking employers to be patient Friday morning and is asking people to let flooding subside before they try to make it to work.

The entire South Carolina coast is under a tropical storm warning.

TS Andrea Cancels Classes In SC County
Updated: June 6, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.

Tropical Storm Andrea is forcing students in Beaufort County to wait until next week for the last day of school.

School district officials said they are canceling classes on Friday because of the threatening storm. The school day will be made up Monday. Friday was supposed to be the last day of school for students, who were only attending for half a day.

Officials say the possibility of 25 mph to 35 mph winds and flooding rains Friday morning made it too dangerous to try to get children to school.

Beaufort High School's graduation Thursday night is being moved indoors.

Beaufort County and the rest of the South Carolina coast are under a tropical storm warning.

FL Pounded By Rain From Andrea
Updated: June 6, 2013 at 3 p.m.

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.

SC Emergency Officials Planning For Andrea's Arrival
Updated: June 6, 2013 at 9:26 a.m.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has put out their first report as Tropical Storm Andrea appears headed for the state.

The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center expect Andrea to produce heavy rain and wind in many parts of South Carolina beginning Thursday night and lasting through Friday morning.  

SCEMD says they are planning as necessary as they watch the forecasts as are county emergency managers and state agencies.

The agency released these guidelines in the event the storm causes flooding in your part of the state:
  • Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move. 

  • If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water. 

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you. 

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. 

Heavy Rains Expected In SC, NC As Tropical Storm Nears

Posted: June 6, 2013 at 6:29 a.m.

Forecasters say heavy rain could spread across much of South Carolina over the next several days as moisture from Tropical Storm Andrea combines with a lingering cold front.

The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches of rain could fall across much of the state through Saturday. The heaviest rains are expected near the coast, where the center of Andrea is expected to move.

The heavy rains come after an especially wet spring, and forecasters say flooding is a distinct possibility. They are asking people to keep an eye on the weather over the next few days.

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for Andrea along the entire South Carolina coast.

Tropical Storm Andrea Bearing Down On U.S.
Updated: June 6, 2013 at 5:16 a.m.

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 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 west-southwest of Tampa and is moving north-northeast near 13 mph.

First Tropical Storm Of The Season, Andrea, Forms
Posted: June 5, 2013 at 5:57 p.m.

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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