[QODLink]
Weather

US storm Andrea becomes post-tropical cyclone

First named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season weakens slightly a day after lashing parts of Florida and Georgia.

Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 22:22
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Andrea weakened a day after lashing parts of Florida and southern Georgia with driving rains and high winds [AFP]

Andrea, the first tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, has become a post-tropical cyclone, the US National Hurricane Centre said in its latest bulletin.

The storm was located about 90km east-northeast of Raleigh, North Carolina, and was packing maximum sustained winds of around 75km/h, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre said on Friday.

The centre of Andrea will move north-eastward near the US east coast through Saturday and across Atlantic Canada late Saturday through Sunday.

Hurricane season

In South Carolina, authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Scattered power outages were reported in the state, with 2,500 customers losing service.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for the US Atlantic Coast from South Carolina to Virginia, including the lower Chesapeake Bay, and forecasters warned tropical storm conditions will continue to spread northward in the area.

Andrea could cause tornadoes in coastal areas from North Carolina through Virginia, the hurricane centre said.

The storm buffeted Florida's western coast on Thursday, fuelling several tornadoes, including one that ripped a roof off a restaurant in the city of Gulfport. After swirling over the Gulf of Mexico, the storm made landfall over the Big Bend area, where the Florida peninsula joins the mainland.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The US government's top climate agency warned in an annual forecast last month that this year's season could be "extremely active" with 13 to 20 tropical storms, seven of 11 of which are expected to become hurricanes.

Three to six hurricanes could become major at Category 3 or above, with winds of more than 110 mph (177 kph), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

290

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A political power struggle masquerading as religious strife grips Nigeria - with mixed-faith couples paying the price.
The current surge in undocumented child migrants from Central America has galvanized US anti-immigration groups.
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
The Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to hear genocide charges for targeting ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslims.
join our mailing list