Tropical Storm Colin Strengthens Overnight; Landfall Expected Tonight

8:00am EDT forecast track from the National Hurricane Center
8:00am EDT forecast track from the National Hurricane Center

Tropical storm Colin strengthened slightly overnight as it was forecast.

Tropical storm Colin is currently located in the Central Gulf of Mexico at 26.4°N 87.3°W. Colin currently is currently moving north northeast at 14mph and has maximum sustained winds of 50mph and a minimum central pressure of 1004 millibars.

Watches and warnings: A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Indian Pass, FL to Englewood, FL. A tropical storm warning is also in effect on the East Coast of Florida from Atamaha Sound, GA to Sebastian Inlet, FL. A tropical storm watch is also in effect for parts of the Georgia and South Carolina coasts.

Forecast for Colin: Colin is expected to maintain its current intensity until landfall. Presently Colin is moving to the North northeast; however, a turn to the Northeast is expected later today. Colin is still expected to make landfall around Cedar Key, FL and Cross City, FL tonight.

Impacts: The main impacts from Colin will be winds of 40 – 50mph with higher gusts; heavy rainfall with flash flooding and accumulations of 4 – 8″ across parts of Northeast, Central, and Southeast Florida; and storm surge of 1 – 4′ along parts of the West Coast of Florida.

Tornadoes will also be a concern across the Florida Peninsula today.

We will have another update on tropical storm Colin later tonight. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for future updates. You should also monitor the latest advisories on Colin from the National Hurricane Center.