First tropical storm of season spins up
The official start of the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean is June 1st, and Mother Nature is not that far off as Tropical Storm Andrea has developed in the Gulf of Mexico.
The first named tropical system of the season in the Atlantic basin sits as of late Thursday morning about 225 miles west-southwest of Tampa, Florida with maximum sustained winds near the center of the storm around 60 mph. It does not appear Andrea will reach hurricane strength as if should make landfall in Northwest Florida later Thursday before moving up the East Coast.
Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued across much of the Southern East Coast from Florida through Georgia and the Carolinas all the way to Virginia. While winds will be quite gusty in these places, the main concern will be the rain. Some model predictions spill out between 4-7 inches of rain from Northwest Florida through Southeast Georgia up through North and South Carolina bringing flooding concerns to those areas.
Andrea will then weaken as it brings rain as far north as Washington D.C. and New York/Boston.
Locally across Northern Michigan, a cool northeast wind will prevail Friday through the start of the weekend with clouds slowly decreasing. Light rain showers some have seen will come to an end Thursday evening. The next shot at rain across Michigan's north will arrive Sunday afternoon.