Fast-moving Andrea leaves tornadoes, plenty of rainby John Kennedy | June 6th, 2013
Tropical Storm Andrea already spawned eight tornadoes across the state and Gov. Rick Scott warned Thursday that as much as six inches of rain was possible before the weather system’s expected midnight exit from Florida.
Scott also tried to send an upbeat message to tourists watching the weather during a briefing at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.
“For people coming to our state…keep your travel plans,” Scott said. “This is going to pass very quickly through our state.”
Despite the spate of tornadoes, Scott said officials had not reports of property damage. The fast-moving storm was expected make its way across North and Central Florida, bringing higher tides to the Cedar Key region of Florida’s Gulf Coast but little coastal erosion.
Scott also used his midday briefing to lash out at President Obama over federal budget cuts which could lead to furloughs and pay reductions for members of the Florida National Guard. The so-called sequestration was a deal Obama reached in 2011 with the Republican-controlled House to resolve the debt ceiling standoff.
“It doesn’t make any sense why they’re doing it this way,” Scott said.
Scott said Andrea, the first named storm of the hurricane season, gives Floridians a chance to tune-up their hurricane preparations. The governor said households should have three days of supplies on hand in event of a storm.
Bryan Koon, director of the state’s Department of Emergency Management, said, “Tomorrow, this will just be a memory for us.”
Still, the advancing storm drew warnings from the insurance industry.
“In the event of damages, insurers will be on the scene as soon as possible to adjust covered wind claims, and the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP) will service covered flood claims, but first and foremost, people need to be sure they are safe and that they heed all alerts,” said G. Donovan Brown, a spokesman for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.
The industry said residents should attempt to minimize damage by securing loose items in their yards, like lawn
chairs, grills and other items that can cause damage if picked up by a tornado or severe windstorm.
Those in the storm’s path should also review their insurance coverage and make sure they have contact information for their agent
The storm is expected to slip across North Florida into Georgia, making its way up the East Coast toward New York and New England by Saturday morning.