First storm of the season to impact Florida
Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to affect Florida and other southern states over the next couple of days after being named a tropical storm yesterday. The first named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season is getting stronger, but Eric Blake of the National Hurricane Center says Houston has nothing to worry about.
“It is not a threat for Houston,” Blake told KTRH this morning. “Andrea is a little stronger this morning. Max winds are up to sixty miles an hour. But Andrea is no threat to the western Gulf Coast.”
Frank Billingsley of our television partner Local 2 says storms this early aren't surprising.
“Last year the earliest storm was May 19th. That was really unusual. Tropical Storm Allison was a storm that formed on June 6th and then affected us a few days later,” Billingsley said. “June 1st is when it starts because this is when these storms start forming.”
Allison dropped about 40 inches of rain on the area. So does a storm this early mean we're in for a rough summer?
“It’s hard to say, but it does say that it’s going to be an active season,” Billingsley explained. “The basin is busy. The water is warm. It’s ripe for a busy season.”
Even though Andrea won't affect us, Billingsley says it's a good reminder that sometimes Mother Nature's got a mind of her own, so be ready for anything.