Friday, May 11, 2007
The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has already been downgraded to a mere depression. Andrea was initially classified a subtropical storm; the low pressure system formed outside the tropics but resembles a tropical storm in most other respects. Firefighters hope the storm will bring much-neeeded rain to drought-stricken Florida where 225 wild fires are currently burning in 52 (out of 67) counties. Hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1.