Andrea, first named storm of the 2019 season, forms in the Atlantic

Andrea, first named storm of the 2019 season, forms in the Atlantic

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Subtropical Storm Andrea has formed around 700 miles to the southeast of Myrtle Beach.

Hurricane Hunters flew through the system Monday afternoon and found a well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 40 mph. That was enough for the National Hurricane Center to classify it has Subtropical Storm Andrea.

As of 6 pm Monday, Andrea had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with a movement to the north at 14 mph. The forecast track has Andrea moving slowly northward Tuesday as a weak tropical storm. The system will eventually weaken as it approaches Bermuda Wednesday providing heavy rain and gusty winds to the island. Andrea poses no threat to the Carolinas!

We could use some of that tropical moisture. Drought conditions continue to worsen, especially along the Grand Strand where we’re running nearly 5″ below-normal on the year. Rain chances look slim this week outside of an isolated afternoon shower.

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