Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tropical Storm ANDREA - Update

After strengthening after a pretty stable and non-eventful weekend. Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall into Florida, but not before it gained strength as a tropical storm to become the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. When the storms eye went into Florida in Dixie County which is also known as the Big Bend area of Florida at around 5:40PM ET, it brought with it several inches of rain that is drenching Florida, along with spurring a few tornadoes on the way.
At this exact moment of time, I am writing this article at 10:00PM CT as a passenger in a car which is destined to New Orleans. On vacation for the next week, I get to do more concentrated efforts on this blog while doing more husbandry duties along the way. There is at least another 5 hours to go, but with the recent rains and conditions deteriorating on the road with fog rolling in this evening, I may have to concentrate more on driving rather than writing. Thanks to my wife Virginia, I'm able to at least get this article out.
Going back to the subject at hand, along with tropical storms when they enter land are storm surges, which brought flooding between 2-4 feet along the western coast of Florida. The area of flooding was between Tampa going north to Cedar Key.
After the storm ravishes Florida, luckily with wind speeds slowing down while it's over land, the storm will gain strength again and begin to accelerate in a northeastern direction going right up the eastern seaboard of the United States. North and South Carolina will see several inches of rain and the precipitation will move right up the coast to the Northeast by later Friday, going into Saturday. The Carolina's are expecting the wet weather by Friday. It is expected that the tropical storm will be reduced to a coastal storm late on Friday.
I will try to report information on a series of tornadoes that developed from Tropical Storm Andrea and report that A.S.A.P.

Below are updated maps of the storm for June 7 at approximately 10:30 AM EDT

Location of Tropical Storm Andrea as it moves up the East Coast

Potintial landfall - now has moved offshore

Wind Field - modified

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