4am Update-Tropical Storm Andrea gaining more speed, moving north

The latest advisory on Tropical Storm Andrea indicates the storm is moving a little faster. The track is still to the north, but a turn to the northeast is expected late Thursday.

WLOX Meteorologist Tommy Richards said Tropical Storm Andrea is taking aim on the big bend area of Florida and will be a big rain producer.   He said in South Mississippi we can expect scattered showers and thunderstorms as Andrea helps to pull a cold front through our area.

At 4am, the National Hurricane Center placed Andrea at 27.0N, 85.9W. That's about 220 miles west-southwest of Tampa, Florida. Andrea had maximum sustained winds near 60 miles per hour. It was moving toward the north-northeast around 13 miles per hour.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the west coast of Florida and has been extended from  Ochlocknee River to Indian Pass Florida, Flagler Beach Florida to Cape Charles Light Virginia, including Pamlico and Albermarle Sounds and the lower Chesapeake Bay South of New Point Comfort.

The center of Andrea was expected to reach the coast of the Florida Big Bend on Thursday afternoon or evening and move over southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina Thursday night and Friday.

View more details on Tropical Storm Andrea using our interactive Hurricane Center map on WLOX.com: http://www.wlox.com/category/15602/hurricane-center

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