Tropical Storm Andrea Powers Down
As Tropical Storm Andrea dashes up the eastern coast of the United States, it begins to wind down. Landfall on Thursday evening dampened the intensity of the storm greatly with a reduction in wind speeds by almost 15 mph (now with 45 mph winds). As it speeds through eastern states at 30 mph, meteorologists say it won’t be long before Andrea loses its forceful tropical storm qualities.
While harsh winds have carried debris and damaged buildings, locals are reluctant that the storm has moved quickly out of the area. The fast pace of Tropical Storm Andrea has prevented extensive damage in Florida which may have occurred if the storm had stalled.
Flooding has been a huge concern for many along the coast, with inundated streets and homes. Along with the threat of flooding, winds, power outages, and tornadoes also ravage the areas. According to news, Andrea left thousands without power among the flooded streets.
“It’s all destroyed”, says Maria Cristina Aria whose home had been torn apart by a storm-spawned tornado in Palm Beach County, Florida. Aria claims that the tornado defaced their home while she was away. Winds launched a neighbor’s shed through the walls of the home and shattered windows.
Two residents in Loxahatchee cope with injuries which had been caused by strong tornado winds. Victim Tim Kepler reports that the violent tornado resulted in broken legs for him and his mother as she was torn from her bed. His 88-year old mother must undergo surgery. Fortunately, few other injuries have been reported related to Tropical Storm Andrea.
At 8 AM ET Friday, experts located Tropical Storm Andrea 35 miles north-northwest of Charleston, South Carolina. Forecasts show that Andrea could drench the state with up to 6 inches of rain.
Meteorologist John Elardo of North Carolina predicts that severe flooding may occur in the Outer Banks of Newport. Waves and high tides may push water onto the coast and cause as much as twelve inches of flooding.