ABC 7 OFFICIAL SUNCOAST STORM CENTER –
One down, 19 more to go. Let's hope not, but that is the prediction this year from National Organization and Atmospheric Admin.
The Tropical Storm Warning that had been in place for the Suncoast has been lifted. The tornado threat is no longer with us as well. So we can sleep easy tonight.
Tropical storm Andrea made landfall in Dixie county near Cedar Key around 6 P.M. Thursday evening with winds at 65 mph. It will continue to move away from our area overnight. Preliminary reports suggests it spawned 7 tornadoes from Pinellas county southward just west of Ft. Lauderdale. The Suncoast had numerous tornado warnings throughout the day. All of the warnings were Doppler indicated tornadoes. Meaning there were no visual sightings of the twisters, but rotation detected by the radar near the base of the storm which prompted the National Weather Service to issue the warnings. It's important for people to understand that tropical cyclones can and often do spawn tornadoes. These are usually very small, brief and fast moving in nature. When one forms with a cell, you can usually bet others will follow with other strong storms that push through. The best advice is to not wait for the warning to be issued, but to seek shelter in your safe room as the weather starts to get rough.
We saw rainfall totals from 1-4 inches across the Suncoast, with isolated amounts up to 5-6 inches. You can consider this a wake-up call that Hurricane season is here. If you haven't done so already, go to our web site at MySuncoast.com and click on the weather tab and develop a survival plan.
There was a storm surge about 2 feet right around high tide today shortly before noon. This did cause some minor coastal flooding. The winds have already begun to subside. They are now at 15-20 mph.
So for the most part, the Suncoast was spared once again, but one of these days our luck is going to run out.
As far as the forecast goes, expect a trough of low pressure to hang around on Friday and Saturday with a good deal of scattered storms developing. Otherwise partly cloudy skies can be expected. Temperatures will be close to seasonal averages.
.ANDREA WEAKENING SLOWLY AS HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE WELL AWAY FROM THE CENTER... SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...30.3N 82.4W ABOUT 40 MI...65 KM W OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA ABOUT 65 MI...105 KM ESE OF VALDOSTA GEORGIA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 45 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...993 MB...29.32 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY... THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR THE WEST COAST OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * FLAGLER BEACH FLORIDA TO CAPE CHARLES LIGHT VIRGINIA * PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE SOUNDS * LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY SOUTH OF NEW POINT COMFORT