by Carol Lim
Florida is preparing for Tropical Storm Andrea tonight. Andrea, the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, is moving slowly north at 3 mph. The storm is located approximately 300 miles southwest of Tampa, Florida. The National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center in Miami has put Florida’s West coast under tropical storm warnings from Boca Grande, north to Ochlocknee River. According to the 8 p.m. NWS advisory, Andrea’s location is 25.5 N and 86.5 W with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
City of Tampa officials are encouraging residents to expect heavy rainfall, flooding, road closures and traffic detours. Tampa residents should report flooding at (813) 274-3101
Sandbags for Tampa residents will be available again tomorrow, June 6th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at these locations:
Himes Sports Complex, 4500 South Himes Avenue
Jackson Heights Playground, 3310 E. Lake Avenue
City of Tampa Solid Waste, 4010 W. Spruce Street
City of Tampa residents must bring a valid driver’s license, utility bill or electric bill to receive sandbags.
For storm updates, stay tuned to WFLA-TV, local television and radio stations.