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Flash floods, storm surges menace East Coast as Andrea meanders north

Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Warren details the forecast along the East Coast as Andrea dumps rain on the region.

No longer a tropical storm, the weather system called Andrea was making its way up the East Coast, threatening flash floods and dangerous storm surges into Saturday as far north as Maine.

Andrea was wandering up the coast at about 35 mph Friday night, the National Weather Service said. That should give it plenty of time to drop heavy rain on New York and New England overnight and into Saturday afternoon before it scrapes Canada's Atlantic coast and trickles off into the Atlantic Ocean sometime Sunday.

In the wake of the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, residents of the Southeast faced a weekend of cleaning up from severe flooding caused by torrents of rain — as much as 13.9 inches in North Miami Beach, Fla., on Friday alone.

In South Carolina, a 19-year-old man went missing as he was surfing with his brother, NBC affiliate WMBF reported. A search team was spread out along the beach Friday night, but it had been able to recover only a surfboard.

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A man checks out the high surf Friday, June 7, along Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Flood watches were in effect over a huge part of the East Coast, from Maine to Georgia, and Northeasterners who lived through Hurricane Sandy were on alert Friday.

Hoboken, N.J., resident Brian Smalleys, who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars repairing his home after Sandy, told NBCNewYork.com that he has trouble sleeping when it rains heavily now.

"I just get nervous. I don't want it to happen again," he said.

New York  activated its flash flood plan — ready to send alerts to cellphones — and issued a hazardous travel advisory as moderate to heavy rain was expected through early Saturday.

In Florida, Andrea left behind considerable damage. 

The weather service recorded eight tornado reports in the state, with damage to houses and trees and downed power lines.

Waves crash along the shore of Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, N.C., as Andrea makes it way up the East Coast, bringing heavy rains and high winds.


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