Tropical Storm Colin makes landfall in Big Bend area of Florida
Storm could bring possible tornadoes to Central Florida overnight
Tropical Storm Colin made landfall in Florida early Tuesday northwest of Cedar Key, according to the 2am advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
The storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, was 80 miles east-northeast of Cedar Key and 55 miles west-southwest of Jacksonville at 2am.
The storm was moving at 23 mph and the latest National Hurricane Center model showed Colin off the coast of South Carolina by Tuesday at 8 a.m.
A tornado warning was issued in Flagler County at 5 p.m. Monday and expired at 5:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. More tornado warnings could happen through the evening.
Central Florida residents can expect winds of 40 to 50 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph. Rainfall amounts will total 2 to 3 inches with some areas getting as much as 5 to 6 inches.
"This will produce possible flooding in low lying areas," said News 6 meteorologist Danny Treanor. "The majority of the action for us will happen tonight - heavy rains and gusty winds. This will be problematic because of nighttime skies and the heavy rains."
Tropical storm warnings were issued for all counties in Central Florida except Osceola County through 4 a.m. Tuesday.
A flood watch was in effect until 12 a.m. Tuesday for multiple Central Florida counties, including Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties.
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Colin hit northern Florida and southern Georgia Monday afternoon, knocking out power in some areas and flooding roads on the Gulf coast.
Although the storm had not made landfall Monday morning, the high winds closed the Skyway bridge in Tampa just before noon. Rain also prompted nearly 60 flights to be delayed and five flights to be canceled at Orlando International Airport.
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"Improving conditions will happen rapidly on Tuesday as the storm moves to the East and out to the Atlantic," Treanor said.
Rainy start to your Tuesday from Orlando down to the Cape. This is what radar will look like at 8:00 A.M. pic.twitter.com/YxTQZ7G0lO— Tom Sorrells (@tomsorrells) June 7, 2016
A more normal pattern will return by Wednesday.
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