Friday June 7, 2013
Soaking rains will drench the East Coast today as Tropical Storm Andrea loses strength. Flash flood watches are in effect in more than a dozen states from Georgia to Maine.
The area includes Washington, DC, which forecasters say could get as much as half-a-foot of rain today. Flash flood warnings stretch from Florida, where Andrea made landfall yesterday, up the coast all the way to Virginia.
Around 7 a.m. there were reports of a possible tornado touch down near 130th and Tangerine in The Acreage in western Palm Beach County.
The National Weather Service confirmed a the tornado in The Acreage was rated as an EF-1 with winds of approximately 100 miles per hour. The twister traveled two miles and ranged from 50-100 yards wide.
Heavy rain and wind across the region damaged homes, knocked down trees along with power lines and pushed at least two cars around in the Acreage. A woman was airlifted to the hospital after she was injured when a tree fell though her roof.
UPDATE: 6/6 11:18pm
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.
As the waves of rain associated with Tropical Storm Andrea moved through South Florida it spun three tornadoes.... leaving trees down, windows broken and roofs damaged in the Palm Beach neighborhood of the Acreage.
An 85-year-old woman was hit by debris and had to be rushed to the hospital.
The National Weather Service determined it had 100 mile-per-hour winds... making it an EF-1.
A second twister downed trees and some power lines in Belle Glade.
The third was in the Everglades.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
Tropical Storm Andrea is spawning tornadoes and dumping huge amounts of rain all across Florida. Florida Governor Rick Scott says the fast-moving system is a good test-run for the six-month hurricane season that's just begun.
Scott says that at least eight tornadoes touched down across the state and more are likely as Andrea moves ashore near Florida's Big Bend area. It'll then on to Georgia and the Carolinas.
Pic of Tornado from this morning in the Everglades! twitter.com/sicklime/statu…— Sicklime (@sicklime) June 6, 2013
Scott says there have been no reports of serious damage, but he is urging people to stay off the roads until Andrea passes.
Tropical Storm Andrea is pummeling Florida's west coast with heavy rain.
The center of the storm is still more than 150 miles west of Tampa, but thick bands of rain are inundating the state and there are storm surges of up to five feet from Tampa Bay north to Apalachicola.
The storm is blamed for three tornadoes that touched down in South Florida overnight and early this morning. Andrea is expected to make landfall around Florida's Big Bend area this afternoon.
A tornado was reported to have touched down in Loxahatchee early Thursday and injured at least one person and damaged multiple homes, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
The severe weather system hit about 7 a.m. near 130th Trail North at Tangerine Boulevard and also at 76th Road North.
Fire rescue crews have reported heavy damage, including homes with roofs that have been destroyed.
Influences from Andrea have contributed to the 13.9" of rain Bahia Honda, Cuba, has received since Monday— AccuWeather.com (@breakingweather) June 6, 2013
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).
UPDATE: 6/6 3:01am
There are no changes to watches or warnings with the 2:00 a.m. advisory on Tropical Storm Andrea.
However, the National Hurricane Center continues to notice the storm is speeding up in forward movement.
It's now moving north at 10 miles-per-hour.
The trend is expected to continue with a turn to the northeast.
Maximum sustained winds have increased slightly to 45 mph.
It's not expected to gain hurricane strength.
UPDATE: 6/5 11:15pm
Tropical Storm Andrea is beginning to speed up.
As of the 11p advisory, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is now moving north at 6 miles-per-hour.
It had been only 3 mph.
Maximum sustained winds remain 40 mph and is centered about 270 miles west-southwest of Tampa.
It is not expected to strengthen much over the next 48 hours.
The center of Andrea is expected to reach the coast of the Florida Big Bend Thursday evening and move over southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina Thursday night and Friday.
Storms associated with Andrea caused Tornado Warnings over the central Keys.
A tornado was reported Wednesday night near Marathon, Boot Key and east end of the Seven Mile Bridge.
UPDATE: 6/5 8:24pm
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.
A tropical storm watch is up for Flagler Beach, Florida to Surf City, North Carolina.
Andrea had maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour, according to an 8 p.m. advisory.
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.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
Tropical Storm Andrea forms in the Gulf of Mexico, becoming the first named system of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Andrea is expected to make landfall in the Big Bend area of northern Florida sometime Thursday afternoon or evening. The storm's outer bands will swamp South Florida with severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes through the end of week. Andrea is expected to move up the Mid-Atlantic region through Friday into Saturday.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect along Florida's Gulf Coast, with tropical storm watches from northern Florida to southern North Carolina.