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Tropical Storm Andrea: Tropical Storm warnings in effect for Florida west coast

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Sure its early June - but get ready. The Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm is headed our way.

A satellite photo shows Tropical Storm Andrea, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, forming over the Gulf of Mexico. The tropical storm is likely to bring wet weather to parts of Florida's west coast by the end of the week.

Tropical Storm Andrea is moving through Florida and dumping rain and flooding roads.

Andrea is packing sustained winds up to 60 miles per hour and bringing with it threats of tornadoes.

The National Weather Service in Tampa confirmed two tornados touched down early Thursday - one in Myakka City and the other in Sun City Center. Meteorologist Rodney Wynn said there were reports of downed tree limbs and power lines and minor flooding.

Andrea won't be visiting long - its already aiming north and heading next to Georgia, then the Carolinas, where the storm threat is clearing out beaches and chasing away some tourists.

But some say bring it on.

"We're going to hang out, and if we can get outside a little bit, we will,” says tourist Krik Dieterich. “If it really comes through, then we'll just hunker down.”

Andrea's path up the Eastern seaboard could bring heavy rain from parts of our region all through Boston by Friday night.

 

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