TROPICAL STORM COLIN NEARING LANDFALL IN WESTERN/NORTHERN FLORIDA! (credit: NWS Eastern Region Headquarters)
DISCUSSION: As Tropical Storm Colin continued to strengthen slowly through the course of the day today, it has remained a large and decently organized tropical storm with maximum sustained winds at 50 MPH as of the 5:00 PM (EST) advisory on Tropical Storm Colin. As suggested in many recent forecasts, Tropical Storm Colin will be making landfall along the coastline of in the vicinity of the Great Bend region of Florida located between Tallahassee, Florida and Tampa, Florida. As the low-pressure center associated with Tropical Storm Colin moves ashore in Western/Northern Florida, the main threats will continue to be heavy rainfall (along with widespread flooding especially in lower-lying areas), gusty winds associated with stronger convective cells moving ashore, and even a few isolated tornadoes as indicated by this recent Mesoscale Discussion issued a little earlier this afternoon by forecasters at the Storm Prediction Center. Moreover, after this system moves ashore, it will continue to produce heavy rainfall as it interacts with a stationary frontal boundary which has stalled out along the East Coast as discussed in the post below courtesy of the National Weather Service Eastern Region Headquarters office! Thus, the impacts from this weak tropical storm will be widely felt and may continue to be very impactful so if you have to travelling anywhere between Northern Florida and eastern sections of North Carolina, be sure to exercise caution and do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways! To learn more about this and other high-impact weather from across the United States, click here!