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Andrea's rain spawns flood watches on East Coast

NEW YORK (AP) -- Soaking rains spawned numerous flood watches and pushed some streams and creeks over their banks throughout the Northeast, yet the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season sped up the Eastern Seaboard without causing major damage.
 
After bringing rain, strong winds and even tornadoes to Florida, Andrea lost most of its tropical characteristics late Friday. Early Saturday, the storm was packing winds gusting up to 30 mph.
 
The storm was blamed for one traffic-related death in Virginia.
 
Late Friday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami discontinued all tropical storm warnings, yet cautioned about possible coastal and localized flooding from New Jersey to New England.
 
The National Weather Service says the storm is expected to pick up speed through early Saturday, and could drop up to 5 inches of rain from New Jersey into New England before tapering off.

AP-WF-06-08-13 0658GMT
 
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