TAMPA, Fla (970 WFLA)- At 2:00pm the center of tropical storm Andrea was located near latitude 29.0 North...longitude 83.6 West. Andrea is moving toward the northeast near 17 mph. A northeastward acceleration is expected during the next 48 hours. on the forecast track...the center of Andrea will reach the coast of the Big Bend area of Florida in the next few hours. Andrea will then move northeastward near the East coast of the United States through Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast. Some weakening is forecast tonight and early Friday while the center of Andrea moves over land. Andrea should lose tropical characteristics in about 36 to 48 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. Wind gust of 58 mph was recently reported at Punta Gorda Florida.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb...29.35 inches... based on data from a NOAA buoy located in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.
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