Jun 6, 2013 2:27 PM
A tornado threat continues for much of the Florida peninsula as Tropical Storm Andrea prepares to move ashore.
At 1 p.m. CDT, the center of Andrea was located near latitude 29.0 north, longitude 83.6 west. Andrea is moving toward the northeast near 17 mph or 28 km/h.or about 35 miles west southwest of Cedar Key, Fla. or 100 miles east southeast of Apalachicola, Fla.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the west coast of Florida from Boca Raton to Indian Pass; from Flagler Beach, Fla. to Cape Charles Light, Va.; for Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.
A northeastward acceleration is expected during the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Andrea will reach the coast of the Big Bend area of Florida in the next few hours.
Andrea will then move northeastward near the east coast of the United States through Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph or 95 km/h, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast. Some weakening is forecast tonight and early Friday while the center of Andrea moves over land.
Andrea should lose tropical characteristics in about 36 to 48 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles or 220 km from the center. A wind gust of 58 mph (93 km/h) was recently reported at Punta Gorda, Florida.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb or 29.35 inches, based on data from a NOAA buoy located in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.