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Tropical Storm Andrea forms in Gulf, could affect mid-Atlantic weather

The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season could bring heavy rain and flash flooding to the mid-Atlantic Friday and Friday night.

Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday with maximum winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Andrea was expected to make landfall along Florida's Gulf Coast tonight before tracking to the northeast.

The remnants of Andrea are expected to interact with a trough over the Midwest, putting the mid-Atlantic at risk for heavy rain and flash flooding Friday and Friday night, the National Weather Service said.

Tropical storm force winds of 40 mph or greater are not expected to affect central Maryland. The center of Andrea is expected to pass to the southeast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

There is a chance of thunderstorms tonight through Saturday in Carroll, the National Weather Service said.

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