Tropical Storm Andrea, packing 60 mph winds and gusts that go higher, was located at 11 a.m. at 28.2 degrees North and 84.3 degrees West. That's about 110 miles west of Tampa and about the same distance south-southeast of Apalachicola, according to the National Weather Service Advisory.
The storm's winds , which extend out 140 miles, are not expected to strengthen further. As it comes ashore later today the winds are expected to weaken. The rains are expected to be 3 to 6 inches in the area.
TS Andrea is moving northeast at 15 miles per hour and is expected to accelerate in the next as it comes ashore later today.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the west coast of Florida which includes Levy County. This means tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.
Andrea is expected to speed up in the next 48 hours and the center is expected to reach the Big Bend coast — which includes Levy County — later today. TS Andrea is expected to continue on its northeast path across Florida and skirt the East Coast through Saturday.
Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond, public information officer for the Levy Emergency Management Department, said, “We're monitoring what's going to be happening in the next high tide. In Cedar Key and Yankeetown they're watching and monitoring the roads. I am told we will potentially have a 5-foot plus (height) which may cause some minor flooding in Yankeetown and Cedar Key.”
Tummond was speaking by phone at noon and the high tide for Cedar Key is at 12:45 p.m.
Tummond said officials in both coastal cities already have barricades in play to be deployed in case of flooding.
Residents in Cedar Key who need sandbags can get them at 3rd and D Streets and those in Yankeetown at the water treatment facility.
Tummond said there were no reports of lines down and he cautioned residents, “If you do see a tree across a power line do not approach it and stay away from downed lines.”
The National Weather Service's 11 a.m. advisory said the combination of storm surge and high tide could cause flooding in normally dry areas, so residents and drivers are cautioned to be on the lookout for possible flooding.