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Hurricane Preparedness Week continues through Saturday. And organizations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service are using each day of the week to focus on a specific aspect of disaster readiness.

Tropical Storm Andrea could dump heavy rain on Cape Fear region

A tropical storm warning and a flood watch are in effect for our area – as the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season prepares to make landfall near the Florida panhandle tonight.

The National Weather Service says the flood watch extends from Florida to Virginia.

And the storm is expected to move over Georgia and South Carolina tonight.  Heavy rain will also push into North Carolina tonight, and we could see Tropical Storm conditions by Friday.

Our coastal areas can expect up to 4 inches of rain through tomorrow.  We could also see some gusty winds. 

There’s an increased risk of rip currents and high tides.  And tornadoes are could be a threat tomorrow – depending on Andrea's path.

The weather service is urging people to review their preparedness plans and be ready to implement them.

We’ll be tracking the storm throughout, so stay tuned to WHQR for the latest information as it becomes available.

This afternoon we'll bring you updates beginning at 4 PM on All Things Considered.  Updates will continue through George Scheibner's Smooth Landings until 7 PM.  

Then tune in Friday morning at 5 AM.  We're going on the air one hour earlier during Morning Edition to keep you updated on the progress of Tropical Storm Andrea. 

To see a current track of Tropical Storm Andrea, visit this link:


To see WWAYTV3's latest forecast, follow this link:  http://www.wwaytv3.com/

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.