Super Freak Frankenstein Tropical Storm Colin causes big trouble in Florida and South Carolina as another storm forms of the Mexican Coast. It has potential to cross Mexico and go into Texas.
Strange days, indeed.
Tropical Storm Colin will take aim on Florida, threatening the Sunshine State with flooding rain and rough seas through Monday night. Heavy rain will also spread to southern Georgia and the Carolina coastline.
The tropical storm will track from the eastern Gulf of Mexico to northern Florida into Monday night.
The system is on track to make landfall in northwestern Florida, in the vicinity of Perry, and then race across northern Florida and southeastern Georgia on Monday night before hovering off the Carolina coastline by Tuesday morning.
However, residents and visitors will continue to face impacts as Colin approaches.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday in preparation for the storm. Scott also said the state’s national guard has been activated, with more than 6,000 guardsmen ready for deployment.
Seas will build throughout the central and eastern Gulf of Mexico through Monday as the tropical storm organizes, creating hazards for boaters and swimmers.
Dangerous rip currents will develop, especially along Florida’s west coast. Drenching rain will likely deter many from attempting to enter the pounding surf on Monday.
Tropical Depression One-E formed near the Pacific coast of Mexico on Monday afternoon. This depression is forecast to move near or over the Mexico coast into Tuesday with a threat of heavy rainfall, which could cause flooding and mudslides in southern Mexico.
Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center:
Tropical Depression One-E is located about 185 miles southwest of Salina Cruz, Mexico, and is moving northeast at 7 mph.
The depression is not forecast to strengthen prior to moving inland. If it did reach tropical storm status it would be named “Agatha”.
Heavy rain from this system may cause flooding in southern Mexico and adjacent portions of Guatemala. Mudslides are also possible. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches (locally 8 inches) are possible in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, and eastern Veracruz.
A tropical storm watch is posted from Puerto Escondido to Boca De Pijijiapan.
This is the first tropical cyclone of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season which officially began May 15.
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