Florida Gov. Issues State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Colin Reaches Coast

By Andrew Simontacchi, Epoch Times
June 6, 2016 Updated: June 6, 2016

Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, has declared a State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Colin approaches landfall.

The executive order has been filed for nearly 40 counties, and asks that whatever public work necessary be undertaken to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the forenamed communities.

The National Weather Service is predicting the storm will bring winds of anywhere from 39 to 74 miles per hour, but are expecting a maximum of 50 miles per hour.

As of 11:15 a.m. on June 6, the storm has just touched down slightly off the western coast of Florida. 

By Tuesday, the storm is expected to drift off the coast, and into the Atlantic after crossing through Florida.

“A rapid northeastward motion is expected tonight and Tuesday,” the NWS said in a statement. “On this track, the center of Colin is forecast to approach the coast of the Florida Big Bend area late this afternoon or evening, move across portions of Florida and southeastern Georgia early Tuesday morning, and move near the southeastern coast of the United States later on Tuesday.”

The NWS is predicting rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches across the Yucatan peninsula, western Cuba, western to northern Florida, southeastern Georgia, and coastal areas of the Carolinas—a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to flood.

Tornadoes are also a possibility throughout June 6 and 7 across portions of Florida and far southern Georgia.