The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which has already damaged homes and reportedly produced small tornadoes in Florida, is about to reach landfall Thursday afternoon along the state’s western coast.
Tropical Storm Andrea prompted warnings for a large section of Florida’s west coast from Boca Grande to Indian Pass and for the East Coast from Flagler Beach, Fla., all the way to Cape Charles Light in Virginia.
Several tornadoes have been reported in the Tampa Bay area, including Myakka City, Sun City Center and Gulfport, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported. The entire Tampa Bay area remains under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.
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A satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shows Tropical Storm Andrea, the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, intensifying on June 6 in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is expected to make landfall later today near Steinhatchee, Florida.(Photo: NOAA via Getty Images)