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June 7, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea aims for Northeast

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Altogether, 30 state parks closed their campgrounds in Florida.

In the Carolinas, Andrea’s biggest threat was heavy rain, with as much as 6 inches expected, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters didn’t expect major problems, however, along the most vulnerable parts of the coast such as the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination.

John Elardo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, N.C., said the storm would push major waves to the north and northeast, away from the Outer Banks, where a series of storms in the fall and winter wore away dunes and washed out portions of N.C. Highway 12, the only road connecting the barrier island to the mainland of North Carolina.

In Cuba, heavy rains associated with the storm system have soaked the western part of the island for the past several days, overflowing rivers and damaging crops. At least 30 towns were cut off by flooding, and more than 2,600 people sought refuge from the rising waters at relatives’ homes or state-run shelters, the Communist Party newspaper Granma reported Thursday.

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