Here is the latest from the National Hurricane Center
TROPICAL STORM ANDREA ADVISORY NUMBER 5
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
500 PM EDT THU JUN 06 2013
ANDREA ABOUT TO MAKE LANDFALL OVER THE FLORIDA BIG BEND.
RAINS AND WINDS TO SPREAD NORTHWARD ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERN
U.S. COAST TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.
SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
About 35 miles NNW of Cedar Key, Florida
About 80 miles SE of Tallahassee, Florida
Maximum sustained winds of 65 MPH
Present movement is to the NE (040 Degrees) at 17 MPH
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
The Tropical Storm warning is discontinued for the Florida Panhandle west of the Ochlockonee River.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT
A Tropical storm warning is in effect for:
* The west coast of Florida from Boca Grande to the Ochlockonee River
* Flagler Beach Florida to Cape Charles Light Virginia
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
* Lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.
At 5:00 PM EDT the center of TS Andrea was located near 29.5 N / 83.4 W. Andrea is moving toward the northeast at 17 MPH and this motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed during the next 24 to 48 hours as Andrea moves along the forecast track.
Reports from Hurricane Hunter Aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 65 MPH with higher gust. The storm should weaken after landfall and lose its tropical characteristics by Saturday as the system moves to the East Coast of the U.S.
Currently TS force winds extend up to 140 miles from the center.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Storm Surge – The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:
TAMPA BAY NORTHWARD TO AUCILLA RIVER…2 TO 4 FT
FLORIDA WEST COAST SOUTH OF TAMPA BAY…1 TO 2 FT
FLAGLER BEACH NORTH TO CAPE CHARLES LIGHT…1 TO 2 FT
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the south of the Florida landfall location. Surge related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle. Remember, flooding can vary greatly over a short distance.
Rainfall – Andrea is expected to produce large amounts of rain with accumulations of up to 6 inches in some areas
Wind – Tropical Storm conditions are occurring along portions of the West coast of the Florida peninsula. These conditions will gradually spread northeastward along the U.S. east coast during the next 24 to 36 hours.
Tornadoes – A few tornadoes are possible tonight over the Florida peninsula and in the coastal portions of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…800 PM EDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 PM EDT.
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What does this mean to us in Florida?
First all Disaster Relief Volunteers are encouraged to be prepared to respond in your communities. If a response is needed, self-activate your teams and please notify Your Unit Leader and / or Regional Coordinator.
Over the next 24 to 36 hours be mindful of the heavy rain and possible flooding. As Andrea passes continue to monitor your local weather for Alerts and Warnings. Tropical Storms can produce tornadoes, so please be prepared.
Andrea has begun to pull in dry air from the north and this should allow the rain in the central peninsula (Orlando and south) to begin to experience drier conditions, however the northern portions of Florida (Ocala and north) and Southern Georgia can still expect heavy rain to continue into tonight. This rain will continue as Andrea moves out to the East Coast of the U.S.