NORFOLK -- Tropical Storm Andrea roared up the Eastern Seaboard Friday before weakening and transitioning to a post-tropical cyclone as it moved through Hampton Roads. The National Hurricane Center re-designated the storm at 5 p.m. Friday.

Around 6 p.m the tornado watch for many parts of the WVEC viewing area was cancelled.

'When you look at the radar, you see the line, essentially all of Southside and all of Northeast North Carolina is out of the watch until 8 p.m. It still exists for the middle peninsula northward and the Eastern Shore until 8 p.m.,' 13News Meteorologist Jeff Lawson said.

Very strong showers moved through the western part of the Hampton Roads area, where localized flooding was still a concern.

Lawson said flood warnings were posted from near Emporia to the Williamsburg area through Friday evening.

The heaviest rain from Andrea fell in inland areas such as West Point, Wakefield, and Williamsburg, which received between 3-5 inchies of rain.

Southside areas such as Norfolk, Va. Beach and Chesapeake got less than 1 inch of rain.

Lawson said winds across the inland regions of Virginia never reached tropical storm strength.

Andrea was the big weather story on Friday as she continued her progress northeastward along the Eastern Seaboard.

By the afternoon, the center of the tropical storm was located over eastern North Carolina on her way toward the Mid-Atlantic coast.

Wind gusts were recorded to near 50 mph in the Carolinas as the storm passed, but the bigger story was the heavy rainfall that was associated with the storm.

Flood Warnings were posted from South Carolina through coastal New England as several inches of rain fell.

Several more inches of rain are expected through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast into the evening and through Saturday as Andrea moves northward.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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