UPDATE: Andrea Moving Faster
Miami, Florida -- At 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, June 7, 2013, NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued its tropical weather outlook due to Tropical Storm Andrea that is racing across South Carolina today.
NOAA's storm tracker and spaghetti models are in agreement that the projected path of Tropical Storm Andrea will go through South Carolina this morning, North Carolina later today, and then head just east of the Washington, D.C. area tonight. Andrea is forecast to skirt along the New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts coasts on Saturday morning.
The latest location of Tropical Storm Andrea is approximately 35 miles north-northwest of Charleston, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Tropical Storm Andrea is moving to the northeast at 28 miles per hour.
Tropical Storm Andrea, the first named storm of the 2013 Hurricane season, is bringing rain and the possibility of localized flooding and tornadoes to parts of North Carolina and Virginia today. Andrea's tropical storm force winds extend up to 140 miles from the center of rotation, mainly to the east.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the U.S. East Coast from north of the Savanna River to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, Pamlico and Albemarie Sounds, and Lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort, Virginia.
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
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NOAA warns that a storm surge of 1 to 2 feet could occur along the U.S. east coast for South Carolina, North Carolina, and extreme southeast Virginia.
Latest NOAA Tropical Storm Andrea Official Public Advisory:
000 WTNT31 KNHC 071151 TCPAT1 BULLETIN TROPICAL STORM ANDREA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 7A NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012013 800 AM EDT FRI JUN 07 2013 ...ANDREA MOVING NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH SOUTH CAROLINA... SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...33.4N 80.2W ABOUT 35 MI...60 KM NNW OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA ABOUT 145 MI...235 KM WSW OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 35 DEGREES AT 28 MPH...44 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...996 MB...29.41 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY... THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED FROM THE SAVANNAH RIVER SOUTHWARD. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * NORTH OF THE SAVANNAH RIVER TO CAPE CHARLES LIGHT VIRGINIA * PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE SOUNDS * LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY SOUTH OF NEW POINT COMFORT 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. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ AT 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ANDREA WAS LOCATED INLAND OVER SOUTH CAROLINA NEAR LATITUDE 33.4 NORTH... LONGITUDE 80.2 WEST. ANDREA HAS IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 28 MPH...44 KM/H. THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT DAY OR TWO WITH AN ADDITIONAL INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF ANDREA WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NEAR THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES THROUGH SATURDAY. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 45 MPH...75 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. THESE WINDS ARE CONFINED PRIMARILY OVER WATER AND NEAR THE COAST TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS...AND ANDREA IS EXPECTED TO LOSE TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS LATER TODAY. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES...220 KM TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER. THE NOAA AUTOMATED STATION AT FOLLY ISLAND SOUTH CAROLINA RECENTLY REPORTED A WIND GUST OF 47 MPH... 76 KM/HR. THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 996 MB...29.41 INCHES. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- RAINFALL...ANDREA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA NORTHEASTWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD INTO COASTAL MAINE. ADDITIONAL RAIN TOTALS OF UP TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF EASTERN GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA THROUGH THIS MORNING WHICH COULD BRING STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS UP TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THOSE AREAS. STORM SURGE...THE COMBINATION OF STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND IF THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE... SOUTH CAROLINA AND NORTH CAROLINA...1 TO 2 FT EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA...1 TO 2 FT THE DEEPEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST. SURGE- RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE...AND CAN VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD NORTHEASTWARD ALONG THE U.S. EAST COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA DURING THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS. TORNADOES...A FEW TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER COASTAL SECTIONS FROM NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH VIRGINIA. NEXT ADVISORY ------------- NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...1100 AM EDT. $$ FORECASTER BERG/BEVEN