Andrea Speeding Up Southern East Coast | Roland Martin Reports

Andrea Speeding Up Southern East Coast

Source: AP / CBS News

RALEIGH, N.C. – After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, Tropical Storm Andrea moved quickly across south Georgia and was speeding through the Carolinas on Friday morning, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend.

The first named storm of the Atlantic season lost some intensity after making landfall Thursday in Florida’s Big Bend and its winds were down to 45 mph Friday.

Ben Nelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fla., said Andrea was “moving at a pretty brisk pace” and could lose its tropical characteristics Friday.

During the morning rush hour in Charleston, S.C., there was little evidence the center of the storm was passing to the northwest beyond a few downed tree branches, gusty winds and some puddles in the street. The sun occasionally peeked through.

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