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TGIF!: Goodbye "Andrea"... Turnin' Up the Heat... Photos

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Updated: 6/07/2013 12:17 am
"Andrea" made landfall a little after 5:30pm Thu. over the Fl. Big Bend north of Cedar Key.  The First Coast had the expected heavy rain & isolated tornadoes.  A fairly long track waterspout/tornado appears to have traveled from Mayport to Amelia Island to Fernandina Beach.  We'll see if the Jax N.W.S. surveys the storm Fri. &, if so, what they find.
Rain averaged 1-3" Thu. with 2-day totals of 2-5" & weekly totals of 3-6"(+).  From Thu. alone: Taylor, Bake Co. - 2.5"...JIA - 2.1"...Jax Beach - 2.09"...Fleming Island - 1.8".
"Andrea" will be long gone Fri. as the storm is captured by an upper level trough & accelerates up the east coast then into the Western Atlantic.  Click ** here ** for a unique perspective of "Andrea" from a NASA satellite.

Temps. will soar now with highs in the low 90s Fri. & Sat.  Sinking motion + some mid & upper level dry air on the backside of "Andrea" should help limit thunderstorm development Fri. but with such hot temps., there should still be a few heavy afternoon storms.  Scattered t'storms will develop Sat. afternoon with scattered showers & storms at just about any time through the day Sun.

Photos from Thursday's weather: The first photo from Bruce Barnard is in Fernandina Beach...second from Bryan Thompson, Brunswick...& a nice photo in the rear view mirror of a rainbow from Megan Isham.

With areas of flooding this week due to a combination of afternoon storms + "Andrea".....this from the "Fl. Alliance for Safe Homes":

TALLAHASSEE, FL – With flood advisories in effect for most of Florida and expected rainfall amounts to reach as much as four inches in some areas, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and the National Weather Service are reminding residents to Turn Around, Don’t Drown® to avoid injury or worse on flooded roadways. 
“Just six inches of flowing water can knock a person off of their feet.  Eighteen to 24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off of the road,” said President & CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson. “More deaths occur from flooding than from any other weather hazard.  Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate flooded roads.”

Follow these safety rules when flooding occurs in your area:
• Get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys, ditches, washes, etc.
• Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
• Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
• Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Water only one foot deep can float away most automobiles.
• Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
• Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
• Monitor NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio or your local media for vital weather-related information.

The FLASH flood prevention toolkit is available to homeowners and neighborhoods ** here **
 and includes a short, educational video, flood damage calculator and a link to FLASH’s YouTube channel, click ** here ** where users can view a library of animated short videos on safety and prevention techniques for all types of disasters. 

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