British travellers in Florida have been advised to check local weather reports as the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season headed towards land.

Tropical Storm Andrea is forecast to affect parts of Florida’s west coast and southern Georgia from today (Thursday).

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, updating its travel advice today, said: “Strong winds, heavy rain and flooding is expected. Sporadic tornadoes are possible.

“You should pay attention to weather reports on radio and TV and follow the advice of local authorities.”

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and can affect US coastal regions.

Britons were advised to monitor the progress of approaching storms on the US National Hurricane Centre website.

Tropical Storm Andrea was reported to have maximum sustained winds near 40 mph, rising to 45 mph today

It was located about 270 miles southwest of Tampa. A tropical storm watch has been issued for most of northeast Florida and north to Surf City in North Carolina.