Tropical Storm Andrea, the first named storm of Atlantic season, has formed over the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said Thursday.
The storm is heading northeastward into Florida by Thursday and will likely bring heavy rains, winds, rough seas and surf, and thunderstorms, according to Accuweather.com.
The National Weather Service at around 5:30 p.m. will issue an advisory for the storm in around an hour.
“This isn’t going to be a Tropical Storm Debby where it lingers for an extended period of time,” Lake County disaster assistance specialist Spencer Kostus told the Orlando Sentinel.
He added: “We are expecting it to move through the [Florida] Panhandle and be out to the East in a rather rapid period of time.”