Tropical Storm Andrea was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as of the 5pm advisory from the NHC on Friday evening. The storm continues to produce damaging wind gusts however, as it makes its way along the coast of the eastern U.S. The storm dropped impressive amounts of rainfall across the entire Florida peninsula, before it reemerged over the Atlantic and hugged the east coast shoreline as it made its way northward. It is expected to continue its track northeastward until about Saturday evening, when it will take a turn to the east and move out into the cold waters of the North Atlantic.
Here at WRUF, we tracked the system since Monday, when it was a disturbed, unorganized area of showers and thunderstorms in the gulf. The system strengthened and organized, despite strong wind shear, and was officially classed a Tropical Storm at 5pm Wednesday evening. It was named Andrea, the first storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season.
Wind shear kept the bulk of the storm’s convection to the east and southeast of the center of circulation, causing torrential downpours for Central and South Florida on Thursday, as the storm tracked towards the state. It also spurred some tornadoes in Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, and Duval counties as it beared down on the state. It also brought heavy rains to the North Central Florida area, particularly Duval and St. Johns counties. Three day rainfall totals were close to 5 inches since Monday here in Gainesville, and almost 10 inches were reported in the town of North Miami Beach in South Florida. Downed power lines were also reported in Suwanee County.
The storm came ashore in Dixie County, near the town of Steinhatchee at 5:45pm on Thursday evening. It quickly accelerated as it moved onshore, and by Friday morning it had cleared out of Florida.