Tropical Storm Andrea takes aim on Florida, Georgia with top sustained winds near 60 mph

Storm surge expected to be biggest threat

MIAMI - Much of Florida is getting a pounding today from heavy rain, as the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season heads toward the state's western coast.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for a large section of Florida's west coast, and for the East Coast all the way to Virginia.

Tropical Storm Andrea's top sustained winds are near 60 miles an hour. It's expected to make landfall this afternoon in Florida's Big Bend area before moving across southeastern Georgia and the Carolinas.

South Georgia residents are bracing for heavy rains that could lead to flooding. Forecasters say while heavy rain and floods will be the main threats in Georgia, tornadoes are also possible.

In Florida, the storm surge is expected to be the biggest threat as the storm comes onshore.

As it moves up the East Coast, the storm is expected to hug the coastline, bringing rain as far as southern New England through the weekend.

Heavy rains associated with the storm have soaked the western part of Cuba for the last several days, overflowing rivers and damaging crops. 

Image loop from National Hurricane Center:

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