PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is making its way up the coast, just days after the official start of the hurricane season.
From Superstorm Sandy, to Irene, to Hurricane Bob in 1991, Rhode Island has had its share of significant tropical storms and hurricanes. None of those major storms though have struck early in this season.
Named storms in June are not uncommon in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern United States, but because of the cooler late spring ocean waters in the northeast and other climatological factors, these storms usually turn away or lose of their punch before reaching Southern New England.
Months later, the damage from Sandy is still being cleaned up, and officials are urging residents to have an emergency plan in place for the upcoming hurricane season. Emergency plans should include having flashlights and fresh batteries in an easy to remember location.
Though it is uncommon to get a named storm in Rhode Island in June, it is not uncommon to get the reminisce which is what is expected to happen with Andrea in the upcoming days.
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