Cyclone Andrea heads out of the United States with strong winds

Sat Jun 8, 2013 1:22pm EDT
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By Brendan O'Brien

(Reuters) - Post-tropical cyclone Andrea was slowly working its way out of the United States and into Canada on Saturday, leaving behind strong winds and potential flooding along the East Coast.

The storm's center, moving at 39 miles per hour, was located about 75 miles east of Portland, Maine, as it headed through the Atlantic Canada area, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm was expected to produce strong winds of up to 45 miles per hour and less than 1 inch of rainfall in parts of Maine, the center said.

Several counties in the Carolinas, Rhode Island and Connecticut were under flood warnings on Saturday due to heavy rains from the storm a day earlier.

According to, Andrea delivered the rainiest June 7 on record for cities in North Carolina to Massachusetts, which experienced between 3 inches and slightly more than 6 inches of rain on Friday. reported that flooding in Nassau County and Long Beach, New York, and Greenville County, Virginia, closed roads and stranded motorists on Friday evening.

The storm also delayed hundreds of flights in the U.S. Northeast.

After swirling over the Gulf of Mexico, then-Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall on Thursday over the Big Bend area where the Florida peninsula joins the mainland.   Continued...

A man walks through a park along the Hudson River, across from New York, as rain from the outer bands of Tropical Storm Andrea falls in Hoboken, New Jersey, June 7, 2013. Tropical Storm Andrea lost strength as it passed over northern Florida on Thursday evening and is forecast to drench much of the U.S. Atlantic Coast Friday. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn