Three named storms already this Hurricane Season 2016?! Why, yes! Tropical Storm Colin has brewed up in the Gulf and is barreling towards the west coast of Florida moving NE at 23 mph! He, or she, won’t be a major wave producer for us, but will cause a little short-lived havoc with wind gusts reaching above 50 mph in some areas and heavy downpours as the bands of the storm rake across the state over our area in the next 24 hrs! Wet roads, some flooding, outages and downed power lines are things to keep an eye out for.
Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center:
Tropical Storm Colin is located about 35 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola, Florida, or about 95 miles west of Cedar Key, Florida, and is moving to the northeast at 23 mph as of 5 p.m. EDT Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are around 50 mph as of Monday evening and some strengthening is expected Tuesday and Tuesday night.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for portions of the Gulf Coast of Florida from Indian Pass to Englewood, as well as portions of the Atlantic Coast from Oregon Inlet (North Carolina) to Sebastian Inlet (Florida).
Heavy rain will be the main threat with 3 to 5 inches likely across portions of Florida, southeastern Georgia and the coastal Carolinas with locally up to 8 inches possible.
Tropical storm force winds will continue to spread from portions of Florida to the Southeast coast through Monday night and into Tuesday.
High surf and coastal flooding are also possible Monday afternoon and evening. A storm surge of 1 to 3 feet is possible from Indian Pass to Tampa Bay and from 1 to 2 feet from Tampa Bay to Florida Bay.
Be on your horse early Tuesday for this one as it will be a one-hit-wonder swell in the waist-to-chest-high range with some shifty suck-up windswell/groundswell conditions and will fade quickly as the storm churns through mostly just to our north. A healthy start to hurricane season 2016, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled to the Gulf as most early season storms flare up there! We’ll be back online tomorrow for a Tropical Update as there is a slight chance the storm could push offshore and regain some steam!
WIND: SSW to W winds 5-10+ in AM turning light NW then SE 5-10 in PM
WIND: WNW winds 5-10 in AM turning light and variable out of the E to ENE 5-10 in PM
WIND: SE winds less than 5 in AM increasing to 5-10 in PM
WIND: light SE winds in AM less than 5 turning E 5-10 in PM