We are only 5 days into Hurricane Season, and we already have our first named storm, her name is Andrea.
If you'll remember the forecast for this season was for an "above average" season.
Take a look at sea surface temperatures around Florida.
They are already around 80 degrees, and warm ocean temperatures are what fuels a tropical storm, or hurricane.
This system has been fighting off some dry air in the Gulf for a few days.
Around 5pm Wednesday evening after being investigated by the Hurricane Hunters, they did find an area of well defined circulation, and thus our first storm was named.
Right now her forward speed is incredibly slow, a measly 3 mph, however she is expected to pick up speed on Thursday.
Strength is not something that looks to be in her favor. However, even as a fairly weak tropical storm, she is going to put down copious amounts of rain for Florida, and the east coast.
The National Hurricane Center warns that 3"-6" of rain is likely for parts of Florida and 8" in some isolated areas is possible. An additional threat of tornadoes is possible for Florida as well.
Thursday we are expecting non-tropical rain from a different system moving in, but it's as we head into Friday that we are looking from the influence from Andrea.
Take a look at the forecast cone.
No, we are not in the direct line of the "cone of uncertainty," but we will see some steady rain.
We are not looking for a wind event from this, just rain.
UPDATE: We are now looking at 2"-4" of rain by Saturday, with potentially some isolated areas seeing 5" of rain
Some isolated areas could of course see a little more.
We'll have to keep our eyes on the track for potential changes, but right now it does look like the heaviest rain will stay to the east.
However because of the steady rain potential, Friday is a yellow alert day or "inconvenient" weather day. Stay tuned for the latest updates.
Right now I'm not looking at any flooding concerns for our area but any more rain than 2" in 24 hours, and then flooding does become something we need to be concerned with. That would potentially stem from any thunderstorms that could put down heavy rain in some individual areas.