US: Post-tropical Andrea racing NE. Gales coastal RI & southeastern MA.. 080613 0945z

Tropical Storm ANDREA

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TTAA00 KNHC DDHHMM

BULLETIN
POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE ANDREA ADVISORY NUMBER 11
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012013
500 AM EDT SAT JUN 08 2013

…POST-TROPICAL ANDREA RACING NORTHEASTWARD…

SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…40.9N 72.5W
ABOUT 130 MI…205 KM WSW OF NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS
ABOUT 35 MI…55 KM WSW OF THE EASTERN TIP OF LONG ISLAND
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NE OR 45 DEGREES AT 35 MPH…56 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…998 MB…29.47 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

GALE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED NEAR PORTIONS OF COASTAL RHODE ISLAND
AND SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS. A HIGH WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT
FOR NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION…INCLUDING OTHER INLAND WATCHES AND
WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE AT WEATHER.GOV.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…THE CENTER OF POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE
ANDREA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 40.9 NORTH…LONGITUDE 72.5 WEST.
THE POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 35 MPH
…56 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST AND EAST SHOULD OCCUR
TODAY AND SUNDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF ANDREA
WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD NEAR THE U.S. EAST COAST
TODAY…AND THEN ACROSS ATLANTIC CANADA LATE TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 45 MPH…75 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48
HOURS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 230 MILES…370 KM
TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 998 MB…29.47 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
RAINFALL…POST-TROPICAL ANDREA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ADDITIONAL
RAINFALL UP TO 1 INCH OVER PARTS OF COASTAL NEW ENGLAND. THIS WILL
BRING ISOLATED STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS TO NEAR 5 INCHES OVER PARTS OF
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.

STORM SURGE…LOCALIZED COASTAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ALONG PORTIONS
OF THE U.S. EAST COAST FROM LONG ISLAND TO NEW ENGLAND. FOR
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

WIND…WINDS TO NEAR GALE FORCE ARE POSSIBLE ALONG PORTIONS OF THE
COAST FROM LONG ISLAND TO ATLANTIC CANADA THROUGH SUNDAY.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 AM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA

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BOLETN
DESPUS DE CICLON TROPICAL ANDREA ADVERTENCIA NUMERO 11
NWS CENTRO NACIONAL DE HURACANES MIAMI FL AL012013
500 AM EDT sb 08 de junio 2013

… POST-TROPICAL RACING ANDREA NORESTE …

RESUMEN DE LAS 500 AM EDT … 0900 UTC … INFORMACIN
———————————————-
UBICACIN … 40.9N 72.5W
ACERCA DE MI 130 … 205 KM OSO DE NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS
ACERCA DE MI 35 … 55 KM OSO DE LA PUNTA DEL ESTE DE LONG ISLAND
VIENTOS MAXIMOS SOSTENIDOS … 45 MPH … 75 KM / H
MOVIMIENTO ACTUAL … NE O 45 GRADOS A 35 MPH … 56 KM / H
PRESION MINIMA CENTRAL … 998 MB … 29.47 PULGADAS

RELOJES Y ADVERTENCIAS
——————–
CAMBIOS CON ESTA ADVERTENCIA …

NINGUNO.

RESUMEN DE LOS RELOJES Y AVISOS EN EFECTO …

GALE SE ESPERAN CONDICIONES CERCA DE PARTES DE COASTAL RHODE ISLAND
Y SURESTE DE MASSACHUSETTS. UNA ADVERTENCIA DE VIENTO EN EFECTO
DE NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS.

PARA OBTENER MS INFORMACIN … INCLUYENDO OTROS RELOJES Y CONTINENTALES
AVISOS … FAVOR LOS PRODUCTOS EMITIDOS POR SU OFICINA LOCAL NACIONAL
PRONSTICO DEL TIEMPO DE SERVICIO OFICINA EN WEATHER.GOV.

DISCUSION Y PERSPECTIVAS PARA LAS PROXIMAS 48 HORAS
——————————
A LAS 500 AM EDT … 0900 UTC … EL CENTRO DE CICLON TROPICAL POST-
ANDREA ESTABA LOCALIZADO CERCA DE LA LATITUD 40.9 NORTE … LONGITUD 72.5 OESTE.
EL CICLON TROPICAL POST-SE ESTA MOVIENDO HACIA EL NORESTE A CERCA DE 35 MPH
… 56 KM / H. UN GIRO HACIA EL ESTE-NORESTE Y ESTE DEBE OCURRIR
HOY Y EL DOMINGO. EN ESTA TRAYECTORIA … EL CENTRO DE ANDREA
Continuar movindose NORESTE CERCA DE LA COSTA ESTE EE.UU.
HOY … Y luego a travs de Canad atlntico HOY TARDE HASTA EL DOMINGO.

LOS VIENTOS MAXIMOS SOSTENIDOS ESTAN CERCA DE 45 MPH … 75 KM / H…WITH SUPERIOR
RAFAGAS. POCO CAMBIO EN INTENSIDAD SE ESPERA DURANTE LAS PROXIMAS 48
HORAS.

VIENTOS DE TORMENTA TROPICAL SE EXTIENDEN HACIA AFUERA HASTA 230 MILLAS … 370 KM
AL ESTE DEL CENTRO.

LA PRESION CENTRAL MINIMA ESTIMADA ES DE 998 MB … 29.47 PULGADAS.

RIESGOS QUE AFECTAN A LA TIERRA
———————-
LLUVIA … DESPUS DE ANDREA TROPICAL SE ESPERA QUE PRODUZCA ADICIONAL
LLUVIAS HASTA 1 pulgada sobre partes de la costa de Nueva Inglaterra. Esto le
TRAER AISLADAS CANTIDADES TOTALES DE CERCA DE 5 PULGADAS SOBRE PARTES DEL
Sur de Nueva Inglaterra.

STORM SURGE … INUNDACIONES COSTERAS LOCALIZADO ES POSIBLE A LO LARGO DE PORCIONES
DE LA COSTA ESTE DE EE.UU. LONG ISLAND DE NUEVA INGLATERRA. PARA
INFORMACION ESPECIFICA PARA SU AREA … FAVOR CONSULTE LOS PRODUCTOS EMITIDOS POR
SU OFICINA LOCAL NACIONAL DE SERVICIO TIEMPO.

VIENTO … VIENTOS CON FUERZA DE CERCA GALE SON POSIBLES A LO LARGO DE PARTES DE LA
COSTA DE LONG ISLAND PARA Atlntico canadiense a domingo.

SIGUIENTE AVISO
————-
PROXIMA ADVERTENCIA COMPLETA … 1100 AM EDT.

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PREDICCIN DE AVILA

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Local Statements

Issuing WFO Homepage Local Statement
Wakefield, VA 1048 PM EDT FRI JUN 7
Newport/Morehead City, NC 1045 PM EDT FRI JUN 7

MARITIME

METAREA4 / HURRICANE_ADVISORY / 0831

WTNT21 KNHC 080831
TCMAT1

POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE ANDREA FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 11
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012013
0900 UTC SAT JUN 08 2013

CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

GALE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED NEAR PORTIONS OF COASTAL RHODE ISLAND
AND SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS. A HIGH WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT
FOR NANTUCKET MASSACHUSETTS.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION…INCLUDING OTHER INLAND WATCHES AND
WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE AT WEATHER.GOV.

POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 40.9N 72.5W AT 08/0900Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 30 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTHEAST OR 45 DEGREES AT 30 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 998 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 40 KT WITH GUSTS TO 50 KT.
34 KT……. 0NE 200SE 0SW 0NW.
12 FT SEAS..240NE 210SE 180SW 0NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT…CENTER LOCATED NEAR 40.9N 72.5W AT 08/0900Z
AT 08/0600Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 40.1N 73.8W

FORECAST VALID 08/1800Z 44.0N 67.5W…POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
MAX WIND 40 KT…GUSTS 50 KT.
34 KT…180NE 240SE 180SW 0NW.

FORECAST VALID 09/0600Z 46.5N 60.0W…POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
MAX WIND 35 KT…GUSTS 45 KT.
34 KT…210NE 240SE 210SW 0NW.

FORECAST VALID 09/1800Z 47.5N 52.0W…POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
MAX WIND 35 KT…GUSTS 45 KT.
34 KT…210NE 240SE 210SW 120NW.

FORECAST VALID 11/0600Z…ABSORBED

REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 40.9N 72.5W

NEXT ADVISORY AT 08/1500Z

$$
FORECASTER AVILA

(Image: NHC) Tropical Wave

METAREA4 / HIGH_SEAS_FORECAST / 0338

FZNT01 KWBC 080338
HSFAT1

HIGH SEAS FORECAST FOR METAREA IV
NWS OCEAN PREDICTION CENTER WASHINGTON DC
0430 UTC SAT JUN 08 2013

CCODE/1:31:04:01:00/AOW/NWS/CCODE
SUPERSEDED BY NEXT ISSUANCE IN 6 HOURS

SEAS GIVEN AS SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT…WHICH IS THE AVERAGE
HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY
BE MORE THAN TWICE THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT

SECURITE

NORTH ATLANTIC NORTH OF 31N TO 67N AND WEST OF 35W

SYNOPSIS VALID 0000 UTC JUN 08
24 HOUR FORECAST VALID 0000 UTC JUN 09
48 HOUR FORECAST VALID 0000 UTC JUN 10

.WARNINGS.

…GALE WARNING…
.POST-TROPICAL ANDREA 38.5N75W 997 MB MOVING NE 30 KT. WITHIN
240 NM NE AND 210 NM SE QUADRANTS WINDS 25 TO 40 KT. SEAS 12 TO
21 FT. ELSEWHERE W OF A LINE FROM 31N69W TO 41N51W TO 45N55W
WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS 8 TO 16 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST POST-TROPICAL ANDREA 45N63W 1004 MB. WITHIN 210
NM NE AND SW…AND 240 NM SE QUADRANTS WINDS 25 TO 40 KT. SEAS 9
TO 18 FT. ELSEWHERE FROM 36N TO 49N BETWEEN 54W AND 73W WINDS 20
TO 30 KT. SEAS 8 TO 16 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST POST-TROPICAL ANDREA 47N47W 1001 MB. WITHIN 240
NM OF LOW CENTER…EXCEPT 180 NM NW QUADRANT WINDS 25 TO 35 KT.
SEAS 9 TO 16 FT. ELSEWHERE FROM 38N TO 49N E OF 59W WINDS 20 TO
30 KT. SEAS 8 TO 13 FT.

…GALE WARNING…
.LOW 55N48W 1004 MB MOVING E 15 KT. WITHIN 180 NM SE AND 240 NM
SW QUADRANTS WINDS 25 TO 35 KT. SEAS 9 TO 15 FT. ELSEWHERE WITHIN
600 NM SE QUADRANT AND 240 NM W SEMICIRCLE WINDS 20 TO 30 KT.
SEAS 8 TO 13 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST LOW 55N36W 1004 MB. WITHIN 420 NM S AND SW…
AND 360 NM NW QUADRANTS WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS 8 TO 15 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST LOW MOVED E OF AREA. FROM 50N TO 56N E OF 45W
WINDS TO 25 KT. SEAS TO 10 FT.

.SYNOPSIS AND FORECAST.

.LOW 63N39W 1010 MB DRIFTING NW. W AND N OF A LINE FROM 61N40W TO
64N35W TO THE E COAST OF GREENLAND WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS TO 11
FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST LOW DISSIPATED. CONDITIONS DESCRIBED WITH LOW
55N36W ABOVE.

.24 HOUR FORECAST NEW LOW 44N40W 1016 MB. WITHIN 180 NM SE AND
540 NM W AND SW QUADRANTS WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS TO 10 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST LOW AND ASSOCIATED CONDITIONS MOVED E OF AREA.

.DENSE FOG. VSBY OCCASIONALLY LESS THAN 1 NM WITHIN 360 NM N OF A
LINE FROM 42N50W TO 37N75W.
.24 HOUR FORECAST DENSE FOG FROM 38N TO 46N BETWEEN 50W AND 74W.
.48 HOUR FORECAST DENSE FOG WITHIN 180 NM OF 42N50W AND WITHIN
180 NM OF 39N73W.

.HIGH 36N43W 1034 MB MOVING SW 10 KT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST HIGH 35N48W 1033 MB.
.48 HOUR FORECAST HIGH 33N49W 1030 MB.

.HIGH 43N44W 1032 MB MOVING E 20 KT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST HIGH MOVED E OF AREA.

.24 HOUR FORECAST HIGH 48N51W 1025 MB.
.48 HOUR FORECAST HIGH MOVED E OF AREA.

.FORECASTER MILLS. OCEAN PREDICTION CENTER.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL

ATLANTIC FROM 07N TO 31N W OF 35W INCLUDING CARIBBEAN SEA AND
GULF OF MEXICO

SYNOPSIS VALID 0000 UTC SAT JUN 08.
24 HOUR FORECAST VALID 0000 UTC SUN JUN 09.
48 HOUR FORECAST VALID 0000 UTC MON JUN 10.

.WARNINGS.

.NONE.

.SYNOPSIS AND FORECAST.

.ATLC N OF 30N BETWEEN 72W AND 78W S TO SW WINDS 20 KT OR LESS.
SEAS 8 TO 10 FT IN SE SWELL.
.12 HOUR FORECAST WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS LESS THAN 8 FT.

.ATLC TROPICAL WAVE FROM 21N53W TO 14N55W. FROM 19N TO 23N
BETWEEN 52W AND 59W NE TO E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 8 TO 10 FT
IN SE SWELL. FROM 17N TO 22N BETWEEN 50W AND 54W E TO SE WINDS
20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 8 TO 10 FT IN SE SWELL.
.24 HOUR FORECAST TROPICAL WAVE FROM 24N60W TO 16N61W. WITHIN
180 NM W OF WAVE AXIS FROM 21N TO 24N E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS
TO 9 FT. ELSEWHERE FROM 20N TO 25N BETWEEN 56W AND 65W WINDS 20
KT OR LESS. SEAS TO 9 FT IN SE SWELL.
.48 HOUR FORECAST TROPICAL WAVE FROM 26N67W TO 18N68W. FROM 23N
TO 26N BETWEEN 65W AND 70W WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS 8 FT IN SE
SWELL.

.ATLC 06 HOUR FORECAST TROPICAL WAVE ALONG 44W S OF 09N. S OF
10N BETWEEN 41W AND 48W WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS TO 8 FT IN NE
SWELL.
.24 HOUR FORECAST TROPICAL WAVE ALONG 50W S OF 10N. S OF 12N
BETWEEN 45W AND 52W WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS TO 8 FT IN NE
SWELL.
.48 HOUR FORECAST TROPICAL WAVE ALONG 57W S OF 11N. FROM 08N TO
15N BETWEEN 52W AND 59W WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS TO 9 FT IN NE
SWELL.

.CARIBBEAN FROM 11N TO 15N BETWEEN 70W AND 77W NE TO E WINDS 20
TO 25 KT. SEAS 8 TO 10 FT. ELSEWHERE FROM 11N TO 17N BETWEEN 73W
AND 80W WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS 8 TO 10 FT IN E SWELL.
.24 HOUR FORECAST FROM 12N TO 15N BETWEEN 69W AND 77W NE TO E
WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 8 TO 10 FT. ELSEWHERE FROM 11N TO 17N
BETWEEN 72W AND 82W WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS 8 TO 10 FT IN E
SWELL.
.48 HOUR FORECAST LITTLE CHANGE.

.REMAINDER OF AREA WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS LESS THAN 8 FT.

$$
.FORECASTER SCHAUER. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER.

News Reports

Tropical Storm Andrea pummels East Coast

“BOSTON (WHDH) — Soaking rains bore down on places like Peabody Friday night, thanks to an angry Andrea. Kim Santos works at a convenience store. She didnt waste any time and put down sandbags near the door of the store to prevent any flooding. She said the downpours worried her.

I just dont know if I should get ready, prepare and get the sandbags out, start boarding this place up before the water gets in, said Santos.

It may be getting close to the beginning of summer, but the scenes werent anything like that. At a carnival, it was lights out and closed thanks to the storm. The roads saw a lot of water and there was some minor flooding on the North Shore.

Its horrible. Its like floods everywhere, its ridiculous. I just cant believe it. Earlier this week I was playing softball, it was 90 degrees and now its about 50 and its torrential downpour, said Jack Sorrentino.

Everyone was moving slow, including Logan Airport where the storm slowed planes going up and down the East Coast. But many joked about it, saying only in New England could we be soaking in a sweat one week, and now have wind-swept rain and chilly conditions.

Last week I was at my friends house swimming in a pool and I just dont think, I think this is crazy. I cant believe were down here and its so cold out, said Britney Bradberry.

Emergency Management officials are keeping their eyes on the skies. The hope is they wont have to use sandbags, but theyre ready just in case.” – nbcnews.com

Hurricane statistics to know

Tropical Storm Andrea zipping up the East Coast

West Palm Beach, FL (Photo: wptv.com) (Click photo for link to story & video)

JENNIFER KAY | June 7, 2013 04:57 AM EST | AP  huffingtonpost.com

MIAMI — After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, Tropical Storm Andrea was moving quickly toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas early Friday, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend.

The first named storm of the Atlantic season was losing some intensity late Thursday and by early Friday, its winds were down to 45 mph (75 kph).

Ben Nelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, said Andrea was moving at a pretty brisk pace and could lose its tropical characteristics as early as Friday morning.

However, forecasters warned it could cause isolated flooding and storm surge over the next two days.

Heavy rains were continuing well away from the storms center. The weather service in Charleston, S.C., advised of an enhanced coastal flooding threat near the high tide Friday morning, as well as of possible tornadoes. Rain bands could bring wind gusts in excess of 40 mph or 50 mph, the weather service said.

Early Friday, tropical storm warnings remained in effect for the East Coast from Altamaha Sound in Georgia to Cape Charles Light in Virginia, the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere inside the warning area within a day and a half.

As of 5 a.m. EDT Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Andrea was about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Savannah, Ga., having made landfall a day earlier in Floridas Big Bend area. Andrea was moving northeast near 28 mph (44 kph).

Rains and winds from the storm were forecast to sweep northward along the Southeastern U.S. coast Friday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott had warned of the risk of tornadoes, and officials said that eight were confirmed across the state.

This one fortunately is a fast-moving storm, he said Thursday. Slower-moving storms can pose a greater flood risk because they have more time to linger and dump rain.

In The Acreage, a part of Palm Beach County, Fla., pre-kindergarten teacher Maria Cristina Arias choked back tears and clutched valuable personal papers as she surveyed the damage done by a tornado to her five-bedroom home when she was away. Windows were smashed and a neighbors shed had crashed into her bedroom.

Its all destroyed, she told The Palm Beach Post. This is unbelievable. I dont know what were going to do.

Her 19-year-old son, Christian, was sleeping when he heard a loud noise.

It was really scary, said the teen, who wasnt hurt. It sounded like something exploded. I didnt know what was going on.

Meanwhile, south Georgia residents were bracing for high winds and heavy rains that could lead to flooding.

On Cumberland Island off the Georgia cost, the National Park Service was evacuating campers as the storm approached Thursday.

My main concern is the winds, said chief park ranger Bridget Bohnet. Were subject to trees falling and limbs breaking, and I dont want anybody getting hurt.

Forecasters were predicting the storm would pass through Georgia overnight, and the island would likely re-open to tourists Friday.

It looks like its picking up speed and thats a good thing because it wont sit and rain on us so long, said Jan Chamberlain, whose family runs the Blue Heron Inn Bed & Breakfast near the Sapelo Island Ferry station on Georgias coast, on Thursday.

In the Carolinas, Andreas biggest threat was heavy rain, with as much as 6 inches expected, the weather service said.

Forecasters didnt expect major problems, however, along the most vulnerable parts of the coast such as the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination.

John Elardo, a meteorologist with the weather service in Newport, N.C., said the storm would push major waves to the north and northeast, away from the Outer Banks, where storms in the fall and winter wore away dunes and washed out portions of N.C. Highway 12, the only road connecting the barrier island to the mainland of North Carolina.

Andrea could bring up to a foot of flooding on the sound side of the Outer Banks, Elardo said.

The rain threatened to ruin a beach day for Angela Hursh, 41, of Cincinnati, who had rented a house in Frisco, N.C. Hursh was planning Friday to soak in the hot tub and watch movies with her 9-year-old and 13-year-old daughters.

I think were just going to hunker down and eat junk food, Hursh said Thursday.

Doug Brindley, who owns a vacation lodging rental service on the northern end of the Outer Banks near Virginia, said Thursday he expects all outdoor activities to be washed out Friday, driving tens of thousands of early-summer vacationers toward unexpected shopping sprees.

Were going to have rain and wind, said Brindley, who owns Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales. Retailers are going to love it.

In Cuba, heavy rains associated with the storm system have soaked the western part of the island for the past several days, overflowing rivers and damaging crops. At least 30 towns were cut off by flooding, and more than 2,600 people sought refuge from the rising waters at relatives homes or state-run shelters, the Communist Party newspaper Granma reported Thursday.

___

Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Jeff Martin in Atlanta; Russ Bynum in Savannah, Ga.; Gary Fineout and Brent Kallestad in Tallahassee, Fla.; Peter Orsi in Havana; and Emery P. Dalesio in Raleigh, N.C.

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