Tropical Storm Colin Away From Florida


Twitter Photos of T.S. Colin courtesy: Kerry Sanders, NBC News, CBS News and Clearwater Florida Public Safety. 

CkXMDO5XAAEZWbuSunshine has returned to Clearwater Beach where lifeguards also warning swimmers to use caution and beware of strong currents today. 

Tropical Storm Colin made landfall in Florida late Monday night. The National Weather Service in Ruskin, Florida reports all watches and warnings have been cancelled. The National Hurricane Center in Miami is still tracking Tropical Storm Colin. At this time, the storm is about 220 miles northeast of Cedar Key, Florida with maximum winds of 50 mph.  It’s moving northeast or 50 degrees at 31 mph.

“Tropical Storm Colin has moved off the southeast U.S. Coast and and continues to move rapidly away from Florida,” said the National Weather Service on Tuesday.

Little or no additional storm surge, flooding rain or tornadoes are anticipated for west central and southwest Florida at this time, according to the National Weather Service.

This morning CBS News reported Bayshore Boulevard in south Tampa was underwater, widespread flooding and more than 6,600 power outages as the storm passed through the Tampa Bay area.

On Monday, June 6th,  Governor Rick Scott  declared a state of emergency in 34 counties in Florida. They are Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia and Wakulla counties.

Many Florida school districts, universities and community colleges ended the school day early on Monday and cancelled classes until further notice.

Here’s the latest from Tampa Electric Company on June 6, 2016:

“Tampa Electric has begun to see the effects of Tropical Storm Colin in West Central Florida.

“At its peak so far, the storm caused 12,000 power outages for Tampa Electric customers, many of which have been restored. As of 4:30 p.m., more than 99 percent of Tampa Electric’s customers had power, with the following weather-related power outages remaining:

  • Hillsborough County: 6,627
  • Pasco County: 4
  • Pinellas County: 10
  • Polk County: 13

“The company expects strong winds to continue overnight, with the potential for localized flooding. More than 100 out-of-state utility workers are expected to arrive this evening to supplement Tampa Electric’s crews and to help restore power overnight.”

“In preparation for restoration of electric service, Tampa Electric has requested the assistance of about 110 workers from contractor Service Electric Co., headquartered in Chattanooga, TN. They are expected to arrive tonight to reinforce Tampa Electric’s crews.”

“Tampa Electric strives to restore service in priority order. We focus on restoring facilities that are critical to public health and safety, such as hospitals, disaster centers and police and fire stations. Tampa Electric then focuses on repairs that will restore power to the largest number of customers in the shortest possible time.”

Tampa Electric recommends customers report power outages or electric emergencies online at, texting OUT to 35069 or call them at TECO’s dedicated toll-free automated power outage phone number: 1-877-588-1010

Customers can track outages in their neighborhoods through the outage map at or use Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about when their electricity will be restored.

Below are TECO’s numbers for non-power outage inquiries:

  • (813) 223-0800 inside Hillsborough County
  • (863) 299-0800 in Polk County
  • (888) 223-0800 (toll-free) outside Hillsborough County or out of state”

—Carol Lim

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