Cities along Florida's Gulf Coast clean up after Tropical Storm Colin

No injuries reported during storm


CEDAR KEY, Fla. – Residents and tourists woke up Tuesday to beautiful weather in Cedar Key, but they're dealing with a mess left over from Tropical Storm Colin, WPLG reports.

Seaweed washed up from the Gulf of Mexico and street signs were blown off poles after a day of heavy rain and strong winds.

Tropical Storm Colin made landfall overnight near Cedar Key, a tiny tourist town about 60 miles southwest of Gainesville.

The severe weather pounded the island, dumping rain and forcing emergency officials to close schools and shut down roads and the boat docks.

Even hotels and restaurants sent their employees home for the day.

In Jacksonville, home surveillance video captured a possible tornado, showing chairs and trash cans being blown around by the strong winds.

Photos from the Tampa area showed car windows blown out, trees on top of homes and downed power lines. Hundreds of streets are also now underwater. 

The storm also caused damage in neighboring Pinellas County.

Homeowners in Gulfport found themselves in the middle of a dangerous situation, with 50 mph winds that toppled trees and damaged several homes.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday in 34 counties before the storm hit.

Boat ramps in Cedar Key are expected to reopen Tuesday, and city officials said there wasn't significant damage caused by the storm.

The police chief said the city definitely "dodged a bullet" with Tropical Storm Colin.

No injuries were reported.