Weather

Vince Winkel / WHQR Public Radio

We are now officially in the Atlantic Hurricane Season. It started June 1st. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts that a near-average season is likely, with 14 named storms, of which six could become hurricanes. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its wind speed reaches 74 mph. Even if a hurricane season is predicted to be mild, local officials here always prepare for the worst. 

NOAA

A tropical storm warning and a flood watch are in effect for our area – as the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season prepares to make landfall near the Florida panhandle tonight.

The National Weather Service says the flood watch extends from Florida to Virginia.

And the storm is expected to move over Georgia and South Carolina tonight.  Heavy rain will also push into North Carolina tonight, and we could see Tropical Storm conditions by Friday.

Our coastal areas can expect up to 4 inches of rain through tomorrow.  We could also see some gusty winds. 

There’s an increased risk of rip currents and high tides.  And tornadoes are could be a threat tomorrow – depending on Andrea's path.

The weather service is urging people to review their preparedness plans and be ready to implement them.

We’ll be tracking the storm throughout, so stay tuned to WHQR for the latest information as it becomes available.

This afternoon we'll bring you updates beginning at 4 PM on All Things Considered.  Updates will continue through George Scheibner's Smooth Landings until 7 PM.  

Then tune in Friday morning at 5 AM.  We're going on the air one hour earlier during Morning Edition to keep you updated on the progress of Tropical Storm Andrea. 

To see a current track of Tropical Storm Andrea, visit this link: 

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?5-daynl?large#contents

To see WWAYTV3's latest forecast, follow this link:  http://www.wwaytv3.com/