Tropical Storm Andrea Over Gulf Of Mexico: Will A Hurricane Strike East Coast? [VIDEO UPDATE & REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on June 5, 2013 10:24 PM EDT

Tropical Storm Andrea
Tropical Storm Andrea is not expected to upgrade into a Hurricane (Photo: National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Andrea formed over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, marking the first of many Atlantic storms over the 2013 hurricane season, reports the Associated Press.

According to U.S. government forecasters, Tropical Storm Andrea sustained winds as strong as 40 mph this evening and is expected to increase the next day as it maintains an approach towards the western region of Florida in the days ahead.

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Most importantly is Tropical Storm Andrea is NOT expected to upgrade into a hurricane, according to Reuters.

Landfall is expected to reach southwest Tampa tomorrow as the tropical storm's projected path will travel across parts of Georgia and Carolina by Friday. Depending on the speed of Tropical Storm Andrea, some regions are predicted to receive nearly 7 to 10 inches of rain. However, if Tropical Storm Andrea is a fast moving system, then the risk of flooding in most areas will significantly decrease.

The first U.S. regions to experience Tropical Storm Andrea will be located on the west coast of Florida, including Boca Grande, north of Fort Myers, to the Ochlockonee River, and south of Tallahassee, announced the National Hurricane Center said. A tropical storm watch alert was issued for multiple areas along the East Coast, including Flagler Beach, Florida, up through Surf City, North Carolina, reports CNN.

Tropical Storm Andrea will bring a combination of strong winds, heavy downpour and thunderstorms. Major cities are advised to prepare for flooding of housing and roadways, outages and flight delays.

UPDATE: Witness Tropical Storm Andrea strike Florida's Siesta Beach:

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