NWS: Andrea weakens, winds at 45mph

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The National Weather Service said early Friday morning that Tropical Storm Andrea was weakening as it moved across Florida and into the Lowcountry.

A Tropical Storm Warning is still in effect for all of southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia, the agency said in its update. A flash flood watch is also in effect for the same area. Officials urged people in those areas to listen for flood warnings.{}

According to the National Hurricane Center, Andrea is currently located 220 miles southwest of Charleston moving northeast at 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds were at 45 mph, officials said.

Forecasters warned of heavy rainfall and possible flooding as the storm moves through areas.

The storm has already spawned a couple tornado warnings in Beaufort and Colleton counties. Officials say the best chance for sustained tropical storm force winds will be along coastal areas, including Charleston Harbor.

Gusts could be in excess of 40 mph, officials said.

For more information on Andrea or tropical storm warnings and precautions, check out the PinPoint Hurricane Center.