09 May 2007

First named storm of the season forms right off the US coast...

Subtropical Storm Andrea formed this morning at 15Z just 150 miles offshore based on aircraft recon into the circulation.  The intensity is 40kts and 1003mb, creeping W at 4kts.  Although it has not yet transitioned to purely tropical, it is expected to do so in the next day.  This is an early storm for the basin, since hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the section of coast between central GA and Flagler Beach FL.  The storm is not forecast to intensify prior to landfall near Daytona Beach early in the weekend.

Please visit my tropical Atlantic headquarters.

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