‘Colin’ making its way through
The National Hurricane Center is reporting that a Hurricane Hunter aircraft found maximum sustained winds of 50 mph in third named storm of 2016 early Monday morning.
As of 10 a.m., Tropical Storm Colin was located about 225 miles southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., and moving north-northeast at 16 mph, the hurricane center said. The storm could turn more to the northeast and begin to move even faster this afternoon.
On that path, Colin could make landfall in Florida’s Big Bend region by this afternoon or evening. From there, it is then forecasted to move across portions of Florida and southeastern Georgia early Tuesday morning and head up the southeastern coast of the United States later on Tuesday. It could transition to a post-tropical storm during that time.
As testament to Monday’s early morning showers, the hurricane center cautioned residents to not to focus solely on the point of landfall. Described as a “lopsided system,” Colin’s worst effects were going to be likely felt well to the east of the circulation center.
Tropical storm force winds extended up to 230 miles from the center of the storm.
Rain and storms were already affecting the Florida peninsula as well as the panhandle and into southern Alabama and Georgia on Monday morning.