The Florida governor, Rick Scott, declared state of emergency for more than half of the counties of the state as tropical storm Colin landed in the Big Bend area
. According to the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory, issued at 8 am, Colin is still moving in a northeast trajectory with sustained winds of 50 mph. The Tropical Storm was discontinued for the northern part of Florida but it is still in place for parts of Georgia and North Carolina.
But Florida is not in the clear yet. The NHC advisory indicated that "tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles (370 km) mainly to the southeast of the center". Which means that the heavy rains and windy conditions will increase in the state during the next hours.
Scott's emergency orders activated the Division of Emergency Management as well as close to 6,000 members of the Florida National Guard. It is in effect for the Panhandle, Tampa Bay Area and counties in the center and north-Atlantic coast.
South Florida is not on the path of Tropical Storm Colin but heavy rains and possible flooding are expected in the region.
“Looking at South Florida, we’re mostly out of the way,” said John Cangialosi, a hurricane specialist with the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade to the Miami Herald. “But because most of the weather is on the east side, there’s still a risk of bands of rain and some potential for severe weather.”
The storm was upgraded from a tropical depression just before 6 p.m. Sunday.
This story will be updated as the National Hurricane Center issues more advisories.