|Radar and satellite view of Tropical Storm Andrea as it was making landfall in northern Florida (2140 UTC). Potent rainbands extended through southern Florida and even into Cuba and as far north as North Carolina.|
|Observed rainfall and reported tornadoes (inset) during the Wednesday-Thursday period.|
How Tropical Storm Andrea Is Spinning Up Tornadoes
Today, Andrea is racing up the east coast and will bring with it heavy rain, the threat of tornadoes (particularly from North Carolina up to the Delmarva peninsula), and some moderate winds. The strongest winds (30-40mph) will be in eastern SC and NC, then much weaker further up the coast. Rainfall totals of 2-4" should be common from coastal Virginia to Massachusetts and extending inland a couple hundred miles... local totals could certainly be higher. Today's storm surge concern areas are the Delaware Bay, Lower Bay, Long Island Sound, and the entire southern coast of MA. Check the NWS website for specific forecasts and warnings for your area.
As of 8am EDT today, Andrea is a tropical storm with 45mph sustained winds and centered near Charleston, SC. It is zipping quickly to the northeast at almost 30mph. All of the rain associated with the storm is to the north of the center. Check out my extended radar loops of the storm too... I added one that covers the northeast US today!
|Radar (colors), satellite (grays), and track (green symbols with gray dotted line) for Andrea as of 8am EDT today. Note the huge cloud field to the north of the current center (the TS marker).|
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