Tropical Storm Andrea moves through Lowcountry

Published: Jun. 5, 2013 at 9:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM EDT
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Store owners at Charleston market prepare for the worst. (Photo: Debi Chard)
Store owners at Charleston market prepare for the worst. (Photo: Debi Chard)
Weather on Folly Beach Thursday night
Weather on Folly Beach Thursday night

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A weakening Tropical Storm Andrea brought nothing more than a little rain and wind to the Lowcountry.

The Tropical Storm Warning for the Lowcountry was lifted a little before 11 a.m. on Friday.  A flash flood watch is scheduled to expire at noon.

The storm's center arrived in the Charleston area around 8 a.m., bringing 20 to 30 mile-per-hour wind gusts.  The National Weather Service reported 40 mile-per-hour winds at Folly Beach and Sullivan's Island a little after 4 a.m.  A little before 6 a.m. a 39 mile-per-hour gust was recorded at Charleston International Airport.

Andrea has weakened considerably overnight, with dry air reducing much of the precipitation in the system.  Miller expects rainfall to  cause some spotty flooding in isolated areas.  The storm's core is expected to arrive just west of Charleston by 8 a.m. Friday.

Tornado warnings were issued for Beaufort and Colleton counties late Thursday, but chances of isolated tornadoes reduced significantly by 3 a.m. Friday morning. Strong thunderstorms were also spotted earlier in the night in portions of Charleston and Berkeley counties late Thursday.

Watson said the heavily-saturated ground makes it likely that trees will be more prone to falling in the event of heavy wind gusts. The NWS reports tropical storm force winds are expected to be confined to the coastline.

Our storm team is tracking the tropics and watching Andrea closely as it develops and moves across the Gulf.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.