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Tropical Storm Colin – Heavy Rain, Gusty Winds, Possible Tornado Threat

Tropical Storm ColinSouth Florida will be very stormy on Monday as Tropical Storm Colin moves through the Gulf of Mexico. Beginning late in the morning, we’ll see periods of heavy rain, localized flooding, windy conditions with gusts up to 35 miles per hour, dangerous lightning, and the possible threat of an isolated tornado. Conditions will be especially hazardous along Florida’s southwest Gulf coast and in the Lower Keys, with a flood watch for southwest Florida. Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Look for continuing storminess and hazardous conditions (including strong wind gusts, localized flooding, and dangerous lightning) on Tuesday. Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Storms and showers will linger on Wednesday, and flooding will remain a threat. Highs will be in the upper 80s on Wednesday.

Showers and storms will linger on Thursday and Friday, but saturated ground could lead to additional localized flooding. Highs both days will be in the upper 80s.

Tropical Storm ColinTropical Storm Colin strengthened somewhat early Monday. As of 5 am, maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour, and the storm was located near 85.2 North, 87.4 West, about 345 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola. Colin was moving north-northeast at 14 miles per hour. Tropical storm warnings are up from Indian Pass to Englewood on Florida’s Gulf coast and from Altamaha Sound, Georgia to Sebastian Inlet, Florida on the Atlantic coast. A tropical storm watch is up along the rest of coastal Georgia into parts of the South Carolina coast.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, June 6, 2016

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.