Tropical storm Andrea forms off Florida Gulf Coast; heavy rain, winds could hit NYC starting Thursday

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jun 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-05 19:31:00-04

Tropical Storm Andrea has just formed 300 miles off the Florida Gulf Coast. Winds are estimated to be 40 mph and slowly drifting north at 3 mph.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the west coast of Florida including Tampa. A watch has been issued from northeast Florida coastline to the Carolinas.

Landfall is possible by Thursday night;  however, forecasters do not expect any major changes on the intensity.

The storm could produce a surge between 2-4 feet along the coast and 3-6 inches of rainfall across the state. There could be a few spots where 8 inches of rainfall is possible.

Moisture associated with the storm will head our way Thursday night with the brunt of the storm by Friday night into Saturday.

At this point 2-5 inches of rainfall and gusty winds is not out of the question.