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Freak Weather Event Unlikely to Provide Fire Relief

Florida, USA
Image: Subtropical Storm Andrea


May 10, 2007
Andrea was THE FIRST NAMED STORM IN MAY IN MORE THAN 25 YEARS. The off-season system likely won't douse any North Florida wildfires or bring rain to drought-stricken South Florida. But it will bring a day or two more of smoky haze on top of a week's worth of beach erosion. "If things couldn't get stranger..." said the executive director of the South Florida Water Management District. "It's unreal. People are hoping it's not an omen of things to come." An early season storm doesn't portend a busy storm season, hurricane forecasters were quick to say. Andrea began as a typical low-pressure system in the North Atlantic and became lost. "This is just a freak system that formed off the coast of Canada, moved south, then became cut off from its front. You can't correlate it to hurricane season." The water temperature beneath Andrea is less than 77 degrees. The storm would need 79- to 82-degree water to intensify. Andrea is wandering slowly toward the coast - fighting relatively cold water beneath, upper-level wind shear and the coastline. Forecasters say it should dissipate off the Flagler County coast by late Sunday. Five-foot breakers crashed over the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday, causing erosion. Coast Guard officials in South Carolina said they had rescued one of two kayakers who had been missing since Tuesday. The other was still missing.

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