LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Colin have hit northern Florida and southern Georgia, knocking out power in some areas and flooding roads on the Gulf coast. The National Hurricane Center said the storm was moving north-northeast at 22 mph when it made landfall near Florida's Big Bend around 11 p.m. Maximum sustained winds were measured at 50 mph with higher gusts.
Governor Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency for 34 counties across a huge swath of North and Central Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Colin. Three to five inches of rain were expected across much of the state, with up to eight inches locally in some areas. Localized flooding was expected in parts of North Central Florida. There remained a possiblity of squall lines and tornadoes throughout the night.
Colin is expected to continue a northeastward motion at a faster forward speed. On this track, the center of of the storm is forecast to move across northern Florida and southeastern Georgia through early Tuesday morning, and move near or over the southeastern coast of the United States Tuesday.
The strongest winds and heaviest rains are still well removed from the center. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles of the center.