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Florida prepares for TS Colin

High winds, heavy rain, power outages all possible

June 5, 2016

Tropical Storm Colin, now moving across the Gulf of Mexico and aiming at Florida, has the distinction of being the first "C" named storm to form this early in the Atlantic hurricane season.

The National Hurricane Center has posted a tropical storm warning from south of Sarasota to the Florida panhandle south of Tallahassee. As of 5:30 PM EDT, the storm was located about 465 miles SW of Tampa.

Up to eight-inches of rain and storm surges as high as three-feet could hit Florida's Gulf Coast by Monday afternoon. Significant wind damage, power outages and evacuations are possible along the corridor between Fort Myers and Tallahassee, according to Accuweather.com forecasters.

Colin is predicted to clip southeastern Georgia on its way east into the Atlantic where it is expected to hug the South Caroline and North Carolina coast before moving out to sea.


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