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Power outages, flooding in Florida due to Tropical Storm Colin

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Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Colin hit north Florida and southern Georgia on Monday, knocking out power in some areas and flooding roads on the Gulf coast. Residents filled sandbags, schools closed early and graduation ceremonies were postponed as Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency. The National Hurricane Center said Colin marked the earliest that a third named storm has ever formed in the Atlantic basin. Colin’s maximum sustained winds Monday were near 50 mph (85 kph) with…

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Tropical Storm Colin gains strength as it nears Florida; Gov. declares emergency

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Residents on Florida’s Gulf coast filled sandbags, schools planned to close early and Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Colin gained speed and churned toward the state Monday, threatening serious flooding. A large portion of Florida’s western and Panhandle coast was already under a tropical storm warning when the National Hurricane Center announced that a swift-moving depression had become a named storm. The center said it is the earliest that a third named storm has…

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Tropical Storm Colin forms in Gulf of Mexico

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The latest on severe weather across the United States (all times local): 6 p.m. The National Hurricane Center says that Tropical Storm Colin has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is predicted to land in Florida. Forecasters upgraded the storm from a tropical depression to a tropical storm just before 6 p.m. Sunday. That means Colin has sustained winds of at least 39 mph. The storm is expected to dump flooding rains on Florida’s Gulf coast when it hits…

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