Tropical Storm Colin

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Satellite Image and Graphic Courtesy: NOAA, National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Storm Colin to bring heavy rain, strong winds, coastal flooding and isolated tornadoes in parts of the Southeast. Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for Florida’s Gulf Coast from Indian Pass to Englewood and the Atlantic coast from Altamaha south to Sebastian Inlet in Melbourne, Florida.  Colin’s forecast track is aimed at Florida’s Big Bend area. The National Hurricane Center in Miami and NOAA forecast Colin to turn NE today with rapid NE motion expected tonight or Tuesday.  Colin is the third named storm of the 2016 hurricane season.

At 7 AM Central Time, Colin was moving 14 mph north-northeast with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.  It was located at 26.4 North, 87.3 West.

Here is the National Hurricane Center’s hazardous outlook advisory:

“RAINFALL…Colin is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 3 to 5
inches with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches possible across the
northeastern Yucatan peninsula, western Cuba, western to northern
Florida, southeastern Georgia, and coastal areas of the Carolinas
through Tuesday.

STORM SURGE…The combination of a storm surge and the tide will
cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising
waters.  The water could reach the following heights above ground if
the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…

Indian Pass to Tampa Bay…1 to 3 ft with slightly higher amounts
possible in a few locations.
Tampa Bay south to Florida Bay…1 to 2 ft.

Localized coastal flooding and dangerous surf is possible along the
Florida east and Georgia coasts within the Tropical Storm Warning
area, as well as in the Tropical Storm Watch area along the Georgia
and South Carolina coasts.

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast.
Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge
and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.”

For continuous updates and T.S. Colin’s impact in your area, visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov or http://www.weather.gov and type in your city, state or zip code.  Tune into local broadcast television and radio stations, newspaper websites and weather websites, too.

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