110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jun 5, 2013 - 4:36:03pm
UPDATE 9:15 A.M. THURSDAY, JUNE 6 — The weather system is now at tropical-storm strength — it's the first tropical storm of the year in the Atlantic basin. Tropical Storm Andrea is closing in on Florida's Big Bend area. Storms and squalls spinning off of the storm mean rough weather for West Volusia and other parts of East Central Florida today. The National Weather Service warned in a special weather bulletin that conditions are favorable for formation of tornadoes, especially this morning. A flood watch remains in effect until 4 a.m. Friday morning.
Andrea has sustained winds of 60 mph.
REPORTED PREVIOUSLY — The National Weather Service reports that a "developing low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will bring a heavy rain threat to East Central Florida late tonight through Thursday."
A flood watch is in effect for the same period.
The weather system is expected to move from its position north of the Yucatan Peninsula in a north-northeast direction toward the Florida Big Bend. A large area of rain with isolated storms is expected well east of the center, bringing the nasty weather, including 3-6 inches of torrential rain, to East Central Florida.
The weather system is expected to bring bands of heavy rain into Central Florida late tonight, Wednesday, June 5, and the threat of tornadoes, into Thursday morning. In addition, rain may accumulate 2-3 inches in a short period of time and cause some street flooding as cells move through. The flood watch will go into effect at 2 a.m. Thursday, June 6.
Don't expect everything to dry out after the low-pressure system passes.
A return to our pattern of "typical afternoon and evening lightning storms will occur this weekend, with more heavy rains possible," the pessimistic forecast states.
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