Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall just a few hours ago and is now pounding Florida’s west coast. As the storm moves north it will dump heavy rains on much of the East Coast. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Andrea is the First Storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season
Tropical Storm Andrea is the first storm to hit the East Coast as the Atlantic enters hurricane season.
2. It Made Landfall on Thursday
Andrea made landfall in Dixie County in the Florida Big Bend area just a few hours ago, slamming the state with heavy winds and rainfall. Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Florida’s west coast from Boca Grande to the Ochlockonee River.
3. It’s Carrying Winds at 65 Miles Per Hour
The storm is carrying winds at 65 miles per hour, but is expected to slow down as it moves over land to 40 miles per hour by the end of its course.
“This one, fortunately, is a fast-moving storm,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.
According to The Weather Channel, slower-moving storms can cause more flooding because they dump rain on areas for a longer amount of time.
4. Tornadoes Were Reported on Thursday as a Result of the Storm
At least eight tornadoes were reported in Florida as result of the tropical storm and at least one person was injured. According to MyFoxTampaBay.com, tornadoes were reported in the Tampa Bay area, including Myakka City, Sun City Center and Gulfport and the entire area remains on Tornado watch until 10 p.m.
5. Andrea Comes a Week After a Series of Bad Tornadoes in the Mid-West
The storm comes not long after the Mid-West got pounded with a series of bad tornadoes.
6. It’s Headed North
The National Weather Service issued tropical storm warnings from north-central Florida to the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.
7. It’s Not Expected to Strengthen to a Hurricane
8. It Will be Just Rain by the Time it Reaches New York
By the time Storm Andrea reaches New York, it will be weakened as it skims across Boston, dumping heavy rain.
9. It May Cause Flooding
The biggest threat Storm Andrea poses is flooding. Forecasters said 2 to 5 feet of storm surge could be seen along the coastline at Big Bend. As the storm moves inland it can affect major cities, including Washington and Philadelphia.
10. This Year Might Bring an Active Hurricane Season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts this year will be “an active or extremely active” hurricane season. Last year, monster storm Hurricane Sandy caused heavy damage to much of the East Coast.