Last Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2013

Andrea, first named storm of 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, prompts tropical storm warning

A tropical storm warning has been issued along the west coast of Florida from Boca Grande to Ochlocknee River.

As of 6 p.m. ET, the center of the storm Andrea was located about 310 miles southwest of Tampa.

The center of Andrea is expected to make landfall late Thursday on the Florida Panhandle. Andrea is predicted to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain over much of Florida and southeastern Georgia.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) also warned that a few tornadoes are possible over the Florida peninsula today.

Andrea is the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Andrea is however not forecast to strengthen into a hurricane.

Hurricane prediction for Florida 2013 is 48 % which is up from the 31 % average over the last century. According to forecasters from Colorado State University, four out of nine are predicted to be a major hurricane in 2013 (Categories 3, 4 or 5).

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 6, 2013