Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea Aiming Towards Florida

Tropical Storm Andrea is now a reality located in the Gulf of Mexico. It will not be over the water too long which is good news. But the storm has already began to drench the northern half of the state of Florida. It is the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. As of just a little less than an hour ago, winds topped 40 MPH and moving in a Northeastern direction. Most all computer models have the storm exiting the Florida coast and moving right up the eastern coast of the United States. Presently the storm is located about 310 miles Southwest of Tampa Florida. The storm has a very well defined circulation as reported by hurricane hunter aircraft. Along with the expected heavy rains across most of the state, there will be very gusty winds and rough surf along the eastern and western coastlines of Florida. It is expected that the storm will make landfall tomorrow evening (Thursday -June 6).
At this point in time, a tropical storm watch has been issued up the U.S. East Coast from Flagler Beach, Florida to Surf City, North Carolina. Earlier this week, the storm had already produced heavy rains in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and caused allot of action in Cuba. The storm will be watched very closely, as it is expected to follow the East Coast for at least the next couple of days. Weather it will strengthen or not will depend on how well the storm survives going through the mainland of Florida.
What we have seen for the Atlantic Hurricane Season prior to the first day is what should be considered 'the calm before the storm'. In the central U.S. tornadoes have been ravishing Oklahoma for the last 2-3 weeks, and now it looks like hurricane alley will awaken soon. It is expected that the hurricane activity to reach the United States this year may at least double that in the past year, mainly because of the absence of the El Nino.
Until this storm finally disintegrated, the progress of the storm will be reported daily - right here.
RADAR Image of Tropical Storm ANDREA

Projected Forecast Path for the next few days

5-DAY Forecast Map

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