Tropical Storm Andrea Path: LIVE National Hurricane Center Updates
Tropical Storm Andrea, the first of the hurricane season, is set to make landfall on the western coast of Florida Thursday afternoon. Check in for live updates throughout the day.
The storm formed Wednesday evening in the Gulf of Mexico and will continue to spin northeastward, where it is expected to cross northern Florida.
Andrea has already brought heavy rain across the state, causing authorities to issue tropical storm warnings across the East Coast. Tropical storm warnings were in effect for a large section of Florida's west coast from Boca Grande to Indian Pass and for the East Coast from Flagler Beach, Fla., all the way to Cape Charles Light in Virginia.
The biggest threats from the storm will be expected storm surge of 2 to 4 feet "near and to the south" of where the center makes landfall, heavy rain and flooding, as well as tornadoes associated with the extreme weather. Two tornadoes touched down early Thursday in in Myakka City and Sun City Center causing downed tree limbs and power lines.