Volusia County, FL-Update: In a conference call with local emergency coordinators today, NWS Melbourne’s Scott Spratt said TS Colin will likely be felt here mostly between 4p and 7p today with an increase in winds to 25 to 35 mph and beginning to die down after midnight. Some brief gusts may reach 45 mph. The National Weather Service update just before noon said the area can expect periods of heavy rain and the possibility of tornadoes today and tonight.
Update: The Volusia County Emergency Operations Center has partially activated today as the west coast of the state deals with the impacts of Tropical Storm Colin. All emergency support functions are on standby.
Earlier today, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 34 FL counties already under a NWS TS Warning for Colin.
The American Red Cross has two shelters on standby, and the Citizens Information Center has opened. Residents may call 866-345- 0345 for updated storm information.
Update: The NHC says TS Colin has formed. The third named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Volusia County. A TS Warning is also in effect today for Flagler County. Colin is forecast to pass north of the area and into the Big Bend area of Florida tonight into early Tuesday. Heavy rain, possible flooding and the chance of tornadoes are the major effects expected locally.
Update: The National Hurricane Center has revised the status of the system near Mexico as Tropical Depression 3. It is expected to approach the Gulf Coast of Florida in the Big Bend area Monday afternoon. It is expected to reach tropical storm strength before it reaches Florida by sometime Monday afternoon. The system is forecast to bring locally heavy rains and possible tornadoes. Continue to check for updates.
Earlier reporting follows: The National Hurricane Center is tracking an area of weather now near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula that bears watching here. The general movement of the system over the next days is northward according to forecasters who expect it to develop into a tropical cyclone sometime early next week. As of now, forecasters say locally heavy rains and flooding can be expected in Florida. The timing for Florida now appears to be Monday or Tuesday.
The link to the National Hurricane Center is here.
Volusia County Emergency Management sent out an email Friday about the forecast and said, as of that communications, the effect could be 2-6 inches of rain over a wide area Tuesday and also the possibility of a tornado.
If a named storm develops it would be “Colin”, the third named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season.
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