Tropical Storm Andrea, the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, was a fast-moving soaker. The storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico on June 5, made landfall the next day, then weakened and sped up as it scooted up the East Coast of the United States.
After lingering in the Gulf of Mexico for several days as System 91L, Andrea strengthen and made landfall at 5:40 p.m. EDT on June 5, about 10 miles south of Steinhatchee, in Dixie County, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). At that time, Andrea had Maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 km/h).
Although wind speed was not high, Andrea kicked up tornadoes shortly after landfall, primarily on the east side of the system’s center. Tornadoes were confirmed in Tampa Bay, and in parts of Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties. Tampa airport recorded 3.31 inches of rain by 5 p.m. on Jun 6, which broke the old (1934) rainfall record of 2.69 inches. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported the following rainfall totals in Florida, recorded from 8 a.m. EDT June 4 through 8 a.m. EDT June 7: Deland - 5.49 inches, Union Park – 5.29 inches, and Lady Lake – 4.93 inches.
Once on land, Tropical Storm Andrea quickly increased forward speed while the wind speed slowly dropped. As of 11:00 a.m. EDT on June 7, the NHC reported Andrea was located about 30 mi SW of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and about 90 mi W of Wilmington, and was packing winds of 45 mph (75 km/hr). As the storm moves northeastward, it is predicted to bring 2-4 inches of rain to North Carolina and Virginia, and storm surges may be 1-2 feet. Some tornadoes may be expected to accompany the storm. Andrea was predicted to become post-tropical late on June 7.