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Published on : Tuesday, June 7, 2016
As Tropical Storm Colin made landfall in Florida early Tuesday it brought heavy rains and wind gusts along with it. Forecasters said there could be more rough weather to come as the storm moves into the Atlantic Ocean.
Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency even before the storm hit the Florida coastline as the state is facing flooding. Rains have also pounded southern Georgia and South Carolina.
But even as the storm headed toward the Atlantic Ocean, it left its mark behind on land. In Florida, flooding across the Tampa Bay area left drivers stranded Tuesday morning.
Colin was blowing maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and moving toward the northeast at 33 mph Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.
By Wednesday afternoon, forecasters said, the storm will be in the Atlantic. The hurricane center said it is expected to strengthen somewhat, but it will “lose its tropical cyclone characteristics” after nightfall.
“The center of Colin should move near and parallel to the coast of North Carolina this morning,” the hurricane center said. “However, it’s important to note that the strongest winds and heaviest rains are well removed from the center.”
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Surf City, North Carolina, to Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.
As the storm started to roll in Monday, Cliff York and his family leaned over a wall at their beach hotel in Clearwater, Florida, to take in the scene.
“Sounds like the weather is better in Indiana than it is here,” Cliff York, a tourist, joked. “Maybe we just should have stayed there.”
“We got two sunny days in Orlando,” he said. “Now we have to make the best of what we can while we’re here.”
Colin is the third tropical storm to form this year in the Atlantic. It’s the earliest that three named storms have hit the region, besting the previous record — which was set in 1887 — by about a week.
Hurricane season officially began June 1. But tropical systems can form during any month of the year.
This year, two named storms formed before the season’s official start.
Dylan Fagan, who lives in Fleming Island, Florida, near Jacksonville, said the rain came out of nowhere and blew through really quickly. He picked up this children early from day care Monday as a precaution.
Alex became a named storm on January 13, the first Atlantic hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938.
Bonnie drenched South Carolina’s coast last month.
Does it mean anything to see storms forming so early?
“Not really, the first three storms have been very weak systems, even though Bonnie produced a lot of rain in South Carolina,” meteorologist Tom Sater said. “
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