The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning as Andrea makes its way up the East Coast.


The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning as Andrea makes its way up the East Coast.



The warning means tropical storm conditions with heavy rain and winds of at least 39 mph are expected in 24 hours.



Andrea is expected to lose its highest winds as it makes landfall in Florida and travels across Georgia and South Carolina before crossing North Carolina early Friday. Still, the storm is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain and winds of 30 mph with gust potentially to storm strength of 39 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Newport.



"The main action will be Friday,” said Chris Collins, a forecaster with the weather service.



Collins said the possibility of tornadoes is low — around 5 percent.



The heaviest rain and high winds are expected Friday morning to early afternoon. Andrea is expected to be along the Virginia-North Carolina border by Friday night, but the chance of scattered showers remains for Saturday and Sunday.



Water level rise of 1 to 3 feet is predicted but impacts from coastal flooding are expected to be minor, according to the weather service. There is a high threat of rip currents along the coast.



Havelock city officials are asking that residents secure loose items in their yards and clear yard waste and debris from near the road to prevent rain from washing them into the street and clogging storm drains.



Craven County officials are keeping their eyes on flood-prone areas. Stanley Kite, Craven County Emergency Services director, said the county is prepared for weather-related problems such as flooding. No specific action is immediately planned, however.



“It kind of depends on what happens,” he said.



Kite said if the right, low-lying areas are hit with the right amount of rain, flooding or high water could occur within the county.



“(Residents) need to pay attention to local statements and weather reports,” he said, and drive carefully.



Officials at Havelock High School decided to move Saturday's graduation ceremony indoors to the school gymnasium.