Earth Watch Report – Storms
|Active tropical storm system(s)|
|Name of storm system||Location||Formed||Last update||Last category||Course||Wind Speed||Gust||Wave||Source||Details|
|Andrea (AL01)||Carib Sea||05.06.2013||06.06.2013||Tropical Depression||35 °||93 km/h||111 km/h||3.05 m||NOAA NHC|
Tropical Depression Andrea -AL01-Carib Sea June 6th 2013
June 6 |
(Reuters) – The center of Tropical Storm Andrea will reach the northern part of Florida in the next few hours, then will move in a northeasterly direction near the east coast of the United States through Saturday, U.S. government forecasters said on Thursday.
Andrea, the first tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, was swirling about 35 miles (55 km) west- southwest of Cedar Key, Florida, and packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
A tornado threat continued for much of the Florida peninsula, the NHC said.
Tropical Storm Andrea Pounds Parts of Florida
The storm has brought rain, heavy winds and tornadoes
Updated Friday, June 7, 2013, 3:36 a.m.
MIAMI (AP) – The first named storm of the Atlantic season hammered Florida with rain, heavy winds, and tornadoes Thursday as it moved toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend.
Tropical Storm Andrea was losing intensity late Thursday and not expected to strengthen into a hurricane but forecasters warned it could cause isolated flooding and storm surge over the next two days.
Tropical storm warnings were in effect late Thursday for the East Coast from Flagler Beach, Fla., to Cape Charles Light in Virginia, the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere inside the warning area within a day and a half. A warning for Florida’s west coast was lifted late Thursday, but forecasters advised that heavy rains were continuing well away from the storm’s center.
As of 11 p.m. EDT Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Andrea was about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Jacksonville, having made landfall hours earlier in Florida’s Big Bend area. Andrea’smaximum sustained winds had fallen to 45 mph (72 kph) and it was moving northeast at 15 mph (24 kph).
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Rains and winds from the storm were forecast to sweep northward along the Southeastern U.S. coast Thursday night and Friday. The storm was expected to lose tropical characteristics Friday night as it moves through the eastern United States.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said earlier Thursday that one of the biggest risks associated with the storm for Florida was the chance of tornadoes, eight of which had been confirmed across the state. Scott urged residents to remain vigilant.
“This one fortunately is a fast-moving storm,” he said. Slower-moving storms can pose a greater flood risk because they have more time to linger and dump rain.
In The Acreage, a part of Palm Beach County, Fla., pre-kindergarten teacher Maria Cristina Arias choked back tears and clutched valuable personal papers as she surveyed the damage done by a tornado to her five-bedroom home when she was away. Windows were smashed and a neighbor’s shed had crashed into her bedroom.
“It’s all destroyed,” she told The Palm Beach Post. “This is unbelievable. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Her 19-year-old son, Christian, was sleeping when he heard a loud noise.
“It was really scary,” said the teen, who wasn’t hurt. “It sounded like something exploded. I didn’t know what was going on.”
Another threat to Florida’s coast was storm surge, said Eric Blake, a specialist at the Hurricane Center. The center said coastal areas from Tampa Bay north to the Aucilla River could see storm surge of 2 to 4 feet, if the peak surge coincides with high tide.
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.
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