A new Tropical Storm with the name "Andrea" has formed in the central Gulf of Mexico with 40 mph winds.
from Chatham Emergency Management:
Tropical Storm WARNINGS are now in effect for all Georgia Coastal Counties and all of the marine area.
At 5 AM, the center of TS ANDREA was located approximately 450 miles SW of Savannah. Movement was NNE at 13 MPH. Storm intensity (the winds) was 60 MPH.
The main concern with TS ANDREA as it approaches our area later today is the potential for heavy rainfall and possible flooding. Also, depending on the exact track of the storm, there will be the potential for isolated tornadoes late this afternoon and throughout the evening.
Beginning at 8 AM today, CEMA will enter into the Monitoring Phase of Readiness (OPCIN 4) and initiate a Level 3 activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Now is the time to complete your preparations to protect yourself, your family, and your property. Secure your home and be prepared to evacuate if directed to do so and/ or if your home is vulnerable to high winds or flooding.
TROPICAL STORM ANDREA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 3A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012013
700 AM CDT THU JUN 06 2013
...ANDREA MOVING CLOSER TO THE FLORIDA BIG BEND...
...POTENTIAL FOR TORNADOES ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA
DURING THE MORNING...
SUMMARY OF 700 AM CDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 160 MI...255 KM W OF TAMPA FLORIDA
ABOUT 140 MI...225 KM S OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 25 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...997 MB...29.44 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA FROM BOCA GRANDE TO INDIAN PASS
* 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.
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.
Less than a week into the official hurricane season, the first storm of the year has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, but it is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane before it makes landfall in Florida later Thursday.
The maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph.
A tropical storm warning was issued for the west coast of Florida from Boca Grande to Indian Pass, from Flagler Beach, FL, to Cape Charles Light, VA, as well as Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds and Lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.
A tropical storm warning indicates tropical storm conditions are possible in a particular area in the next 36 hours.
A turn toward the northeast with an additional increase in forward speed is expected Thursday.
The National Weather Service said the center of Andrea is expected to reach the coast of the Florida Big Bend area late Thursday before moving Friday across southeastern Georgia, southeastern South Carolina and eastern North Carolina