Tropical Storm Andrea

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And now we have our first named storm of the season, Andrea...

TS Andrea gained strength over the course of the day, becoming more organized; however the computer models form a consensus that the storm is not likely to reach Category 1 strength prior to landfall.

Andrea is projected to make landfall along an area between Crystal River to Apalachicola, with the Big Bend area the most likely target.

Gulf Coast Florida is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning until 8PM Friday, from Boca Grande to Ochlocknee river. The southeast US coast is under a Tropical Storm Watch during the same period, north from Flagler Beach.

Tampa Bay to Apalachicola can expect a storm surge up to 4 feet. Andrea is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3"-6" inches over much of Florida, the Panhandle, and southeastern Georgia, with isolated amounts of 8" possible. A Flood Watch is in effect until 8PM Thursday for DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and
Sarasota counties.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by Thursday afternoon, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Isolated tornadoes are possible over the Florida Peninsula late tonight through Thursday.

I will provide updates as they are posted.

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Folks, the 0800 Tropical Storm Andrea report is as follows:

Andrea has gotten a little stronger overnight; max winds up to 63 MPH, pressure about 997 mB. Storm track is now north-northeast at 11 knots, expected to turn northeast and pick up some speed.

Computer models are showing Andrea will make landfall anywhere between Apalachicola and Cedar Key, sometime this afternoon.

Tropical Storm Warnings are up for Florida from Boca Grande to Indian Pass; and from Flagler Beach all the way up the Eastern Seaboard to Cape Charles Light, VA.

Storm surge from Tampa Bay to Apalachicola will reach 5 feet. Rainfall up to 6" is expected, with isolated amounts up to 10". Andrea is expected to spawn tornadoes as the storm passes over Florida and Georgia.

Next NHC bulletin will come at 1100.

Here locally, we lost power at 12:05 AM last night. About 4000 homes in Brandon were in the dark for two hours.

We lost AC, lights, Internet, cable and water. And the whole neighborhood was dark. We were illuminated by the far-off lights of Tampa, but the streets were strangely busy with traffic; I realized it was the bar crowd letting out...

No sooner had the power come back on, when the tornado warning screamed on my superphone. That was 0345.

Then the alarm went off at 0600 to get Jailbait to school for finals week....

Long night, folks...