Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall at 5:40 p.m. in Dixie County, FL. The storm reached land 35 miles NNW of Cedar Key.
Meteorologist John Wetherbee said heavy rainfall and inland flooding is the main concern for the Coastal Empire with this storm. West of Interstate 16, the storm is forecast to bring 3 to 6 inches of rainfall.
Bands of rain extending from the storm have already reached the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry area and will continue through the night. As the storm moves inland, the winds will begin to diminish but remain strong and gusty in our area overnight. Squalls will begin to affect our region during the night, that is, areas of very heavy rain with strong gusty winds. Some of the wind gusts could be around 40 mph.
The center of the weakening storm will pass over the greater Savannah well before sunrise Friday and then begin to exit the area with diminishing rains and winds. The greatest threat to the Coastal Empire and Lowcowcountry area will be flooding rains with rain totals of 4-6 inches and some power outages due to winds gusting to around 40 mph.