Tropical storm Andrea formed Wednesday evening and increased in strength offshore of the Big Bend coast Thursday morning.
As of 5 a.m., Andrea's peak winds are 60 mph near the center of the system. The tropical storm is moving faster, to the north-northeast at 13 mph.
It is expected to continue on a northeasterly path through the next 12 hours. On this course, Andrea will move across the central and eastern Big Bend region.
The biggest threat with this system will be heavy rains and localized flooding. A Flash flood watch is in place for most of the Big Bend and areas of southern Georgia.
A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for all of the Big Bend coast from Indian Pass eastward, as well as interior central and eastern Big Bend counties. Some local south Georgia counties are included in the warning, including Thomas, Brooks, Lowndes, Cook, Berrien, Clinch, and Echols.
Stay tuned to channel 27.3 for more updates on tropical storm Andrea.