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MIAMI — Just days after the official start of hurricane season, a tropical storm is churning toward the Florida coast.

 

Sunday's watches and warnings in place in advance of Colin's arrival in Florida

Sunday’s watches and warnings in place in advance of Colin’s arrival in Florida

Sunday afternoon, The National Hurricane Center warned that a cyclone about 465 miles southwest of Tampa had strengthened from a tropical depression into a tropical storm. By becoming a tropical storm the system has earned the name Colin.

 

A “hurricane hunter” aircraft determined the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

It’s heading north at about 12 mph, says FOX31 Denver’s Pinpoint Weather Team. These storms typically bring flooding and a tornado threat to the coast and inland areas of Central and Northern Florida but the exact track of the most severe weather may shift. Right now the storm is targeting the northeastern Gulf.

Possible track of Colin

Possible track of Colin

 

Tropical storm warnings and flood watches have been issued for much of Florida.

It could be days before the storm makes landfall, but already it’s threatening to bring heavy rainfall over portions of the state, the hurricane center said.

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