MIAMI (WSVN) - Tropical Storm Colin continues to make its way toward the west coast of Florida. Colin, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, is located 35 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola, as of the 8 p.m. advisory, moving north-northeast quickly at 23 mph.

Colin became the earliest third tropical storm to form in the Atlantic basin according to the National Hurricane Center.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency in 34 counties in Florida after Tropical Storm Colin gained significant strength overnight.

Related: National Weather Service track Tropical Storm Colin, heading toward Florida

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the west coast of Florida between Indian Pass and Englewood. On the east coast a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the coast of Florida from Sebastian Inlet, Florida to South Santee River, South Carolina

Governor Rick Scott reminded residents and visitors to remain vigilant and be prepared for possible severe weather. The State Emergency Operations Center, in Tallahassee, elevated its activation status to Level 2.

South Florida’s impact:

  • Since the system is poorly organized and moving faster,  the impact forecast is not that clear for  Broward, Miami Dade, the Keys and Bahamas.
  • The models pick up the lagging moisture and push it  our way, whether it arrives is another story. If it does make it, it should arrive by tonight and Tuesday morning.
  • These rain forecasts keep getting delayed and don’t be surprised if they get pushed back again.

But if the rain makes it there’s the possibility for heavy downpours and some street flooding.

What to watch?:

  • Here’s the kicker. There’s a front north of Florida that will continue to drag “Colin” Norttheast.
  • Once the storm is in the Atlantic, that same front will drag the lingering moisture our way.
  • This means the possibility of heavy rain.

You can also download our Hurricane Tracker App free for iOS and Android devices.

Copyright 2024 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Join our Newsletter for the latest news right to your inbox