The first named storm of the 2013 Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm Andrea, has formed over the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the center of Andrea is forecast to reach the coast of the Florida Big Bend on Thursday afternoon or evening, and move over southeastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina Thursday night and Friday.
Tropical storm force winds can extend outward up to 140 miles, mainly to the east and southeast of the center.
WPTV Storm Team 5 says that in South Florida we can expect increased chances for showers and thunderstorms through Friday as Andrea moves to our northwest and eventually to our north.
Locally, a flood watch is in effect from late Wednesday night through late Thursday night for the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County.
A tornado warning is in effect for Palm Beach until 7:30am Thursday morning.
A tornado watch is in effect for The Palm Beaches' and Treasure Coast until 11am Thursday morning.
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