Tropical Storm Andrea Trudges Through Florida
Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall at 5:45 PM ET on Thursday, battering the Florida’s Big Bend area with torrential rain and strong winds of nearly 65 mph. Regions near the coast of Tampa Bay to the Aucilla River could face up to a 4 feet storm surge if the storm maintains strength.
Forecasts predict that the storm will move upwards along the east coast through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and may even pitch its rains and stormy weather as far as Maine.
Reports indicate that eight tornadoes have already formed in the region. Governor of Florida, Rick Scott warns locals to remain attentive to the possibility of storm-spawned tornadoes. 30 state parks in Florida have shut down temporarily in response to Tropical Storm Andrea, according Fox News. In neighboring state Georgia, rangers fear that gusty winds could damage tree limbs and endanger people nearby.
Local newscasters in Florida interviewed several persons in the are who claim that Tropical Storm Andrea is more of a nuisance than a threat, with its heavy rainfall causing traffic and gloomy weather. Tourists and beach-goers may want to reconsider their plans for the next few days. On the bright side, it may be a great weekend for retailers!