The first tropical system of the hurricane season is headed toward the Granite State.
Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to make landfall in Florida Thursday evening before speeding up the coast to New Hampshire on Friday.
Andrea is bringing tropical downpours and lightning to the Gulf region, though the winds are not packing much of a punch at this point, according to Channel 7 meteorologist Pete Bouchard.
The current forecast shows Andrea hitting New Hampshire from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning. Southern and coastal areas could see as much as three inches of rain, which could result in some flooding. Hazardous weather is not expected at this time, according to the National Weather Service.
“I'm thinking that this early in the season, Andrea will lose much of her (wind) punch as she travels outside her comfort zone (that being the warm waters of the Gulf). That leaves the rain as the biggest threat to New England. That's when we start to squirm a bit. A track like the one shown would put most of the heavy rain offshore, sparing us a 1-3" deluge,” Bouchard wrote in his weather blog.