Thursday, 6 June 2013 11:25 AM
Tropical Storm Andrea, named the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is bearing down on Florida after pummelling Cuba yesterday.
As of Wednesday evening, there is a tropical storm warning now in effect for Florida’s coastal counties from the Ochlocknee River to Boca Grande.
The tourist office said on a message on its website: “With the possibility of heavy rainfall and coastal flooding associated with this storm, visitors to the Sunshine State should continue to monitor the progress of this system over the next 24-48 hours.”
The Foreign and Commonwealth Offcice said: “Tropical Storm Andrea is forecast to affect parts of Florida and southern Georgia from Thursday June 6th.”
“Strong winds, heavy rain and flooding is expected. Sporadic tornadoes are possible. You should pay attention to weather reports on radio and TV and follow the advice of local authorities,” they added.
Tourists can call the Florida’s Emergency Information 24-hour Hotline is 800-342-3557 and keep up to date on developments on the National Hurricane Centre website.
The hurricane season normally runs from June to November.
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