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Tracking Andrea: Liveblog Updates

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A satellite image of Tropical Storm Andrea from 10:45 a.m.
A satellite image of Tropical Storm Andrea from 10:45 a.m.” credit=”National Hurricane Center / NOAA

MIAMI (AP) — Heavy rain was pouring across much of Florida early Thursday as the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season headed toward the state’s western coast and a new tropical storm warning was issued for a swath of the U.S. East Coast.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for a large section of Florida’s west coast from Boca Grande to Indian Pass and for the East Coast from Flagler Beach, Fla., all the way to Cape Charles Light in Virginia.

Tropical Storm Andrea’s maximum sustained winds increased to near 60 mph (95 kph) and the storm was expected to make landfall in Florida’s Big Bend area Thursday afternoon before moving across southeastern Georgia and the Carolinas. It was not expected to strengthen into a hurricane.

Updated Friday, 10:10 a.m.: Donna Green-Townsend and Brandan McCalla of WUFT News returned to Gainesville late Thursday night with audio, images and video of Tropical Storm Andrea’s impact in the Big Bend area.

Skies were storm Thursday over much of North Central Florida, including this road in Lafayette County. (Photo by WUFT News)

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A truck carrying hundreds of live chickens got caught in the downpour in downtown Live Oak Thursday afternoon. (Photo by WUFT News)

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While swamps filled up early Thursday with gallons and gallons of rainwater, the flooding was largely contained in the Big Bend region compared to the deluge from Tropical Storm Debby in 2012. (Photo by WUFT News)

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Greg Hause, of Alachua, a fisherman at Sea Hag Marina waits out the storm Thursday afternoon. He said he still plans to participate in the upcoming Steinhatchee Doug Johnson Fishing Tournament once the weather blows over. (Photo by WUFT News)

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Two boys hang out at the Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee Thursday afternoon, waiting for the worst of Tropical Storm Andrea to pass through. (Photo by WUFT News)

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In Gainesville, there was minimal flooding and the biggest concern around the city was falling tree limbs, including this one that fell on the lawn across from the University of Florida Motor Pool. (Photo by WUFT News)

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