Colin updates: Manatee residents urged to report damage

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Colin has become a non-tropical low on the North Carolina coast and is moving out into the Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center has discontinued all tropical storm warnings as the remnants of Colin speed off into the Atlantic Ocean.

There are no signs of any other development in the tropics at this time.

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3:35 p.m.

Pinellas County Utilities customers in Madeira Beach can resume sewer use, the county says. Maintenance crews have cleared sewer blockages that prompted the county to ask some Madeira Beach residents along Gulf Boulevard to stop using the sewer system.

No further impacts to customers are expected, the county said.

2:45 p.m.

Some Pinellas County Utilities customers in Madeira Beach are being asked to refrain from using the sewer system.

Because of sewer blockages, Madeira Beach PCU customers along Gulf Boulevard between the Tom Stuart Causeway south to 140th Avenue are being asked to stop using the sewer system immediately. Crews are investigating the blockage, but Pinellas officials have not said when it would be safe to start using the sewer system again.

Elsewhere, Manatee County residents and business owners are asked to report property damage. If a property has sustained water intrusion, fallen tree limb damage, broken windows or any other damage associated with Tropical Storm Colin, it could be eligible for assistance if Manatee County is declared a federal disaster area.

Manatee County residents can call (941) 749-355 extension 1667. Business owners are asked to call Bruno Kapacinskas, Business Resource Manager for the Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department, (941) 749-3029, extension 6218.

Latest watches, warnings

  • Concerns with high tides coming in the morning hours across Bay area Tuesday morning
  • Flood Watch has been CANCELLED for Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties.
  • Flood Watch is reissued and extended through Wednesday evening for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk and Manatee counties.
  • High surf advisory at the beaches until 4 p.m.
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge reopened at noon Tuesday.

Current and predicted weather conditions

  • Main threats today: heavy rain, gusty wind, street flooding
  • Showers and storms will lessen as day goes on
  • Some storms will be strong and will repeat over same locations
  • Hazardous winds and seas along with thunderstorms will be across the Gulf and Tampa Bay today
  • Sand bags being made available at locations across Tampa Bay

School information

  • ALL Hillsborough County Public Schools and district offices will be open Tuesday, June 7, for normal business hours. In addition to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County schools, Polk is expected to be open Tuesday as well.

12:15 p.m. update

Gov. Rick Scott will visit Tampa this afternoon to thank first responders and law enforcement officers for their preparation before Tropical Storm Colin passed near the area. He will be appearing at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 1:45 p.m.

Bay News 9 will show Scott’s appearance live on television. Watch it on Bay News 9, streaming on your desktop computer or on your mobile device with the Bright House TV app.

Elsewhere, a tornado warning has just been issued for east central Manatee County that will last until 12:45 p.m. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was found 7 miles north of Myakka City. The storm is moving northeast at 15 mph.

11:45 a.m. update

The mayor of St. Pete Beach is asking residents not to use their showers, dish washers or clothes washers because the sewer system is backed up.

The sanitary sewer pipe and pump station is full and cannot accept any additional flow, Mayor Maria Lowe said on her Facebook page.

"We urge everyone to be cautious and limit use as much as possible," the mayor said.

Lowe said she expects this situation to continue through the day and into the early evening and for several hours after the waters recede.

9 a.m.

Colin moved across Florida’s Panhandle overnight on its way into Georgia and the Atlantic Ocean. But heavy rain and winds will remain in the Bay area Tuesday as the potential for flooding continues.

In fact, several roads have been flooded in Tampa and St. Petersburg this morning, with some motorists stranded as a result. At least one water rescue was performed in Pinellas County.

Also, Tampa Police briefly closed the Courtney Campbell Causeway because of high winds and surf for a short time. The Skyway remains closed.

There were multiple reports of vehicles stalled in water and flood waters seeping into homes across the area.

The Flood Watch for all of the Bay area counties has been extended until Tuesday evening.

8 a.m.

The center of Tropical Storm Colin was located near latitude 31.6 North, longitude 80.6 West.

Colin is moving toward the northeast near 31 mph.

However, it’s important to note that the strongest winds and heaviest rains are well removed from the center.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts.

On the forecast track, the center of Colin should move near and parallel to the coast of the southeastern U.S. today. However, it’s important to note that the strongest winds and heaviest rains are well removed from the center.

Some increase in strength is expected during the next 24 hours. However, Colin is also expected to lose its tropical cyclone characteristics by tonight.

Total rainfall total (in inches since noon Sunday)

Seminole  17.54 
Bradenton  10.08 
St. Petersburg  9.58 
Pinellas Park  8.78 
Largo 8.65 
Lealman 8.29 
Highpoint 7.94 
Kenneth City  7.85 
Oldsmar 7.83 
Gulfport  7.73 
MaCdill 7.36 
Citrus Park 6.61 
Dunedin  6.55 
Lealman  6.34 
Tampa Intl Airport  6.31 
Odessa 5.98 
Belleair  5.64 
Lithia  5.41 

24 rainfall totals through noon Tuesday (in inches)

Citrus

  • Crystal River 4.7 mi ESE: 6.44"
  • Hernando: 3.88"
  • Citrus Springs: 4.12"
  • Inverness: 3.93"
  • Lecanto: 0.67"

Hernando

  • Spring Hill 3.3 mi SE: 2.57"
  • Weeki Wachee 3 mi N: 2.39"
  • High Point: 0.40"
  • North Brooksville: 3.24"
  • Brooksville: 2.79"

Pasco

  • Hudson: 0.60"
  • Lutz: 4.61"
  • Zephyrhills: 3.22"
  • Dade City: 3.87"
  • Land O’ Lakes: 4.20"

Polk

  • Auburndale: 1.77"
  • Lake Wales: 1.68"
  • Lakeland 5.3 mi WNW: 4.82"
  • Bartow 7.8 mi SE: 1.71"
  • Haines City 6.0 ESE: 2.63"

Hillsborough

  • Plant City: 7.25"
  • Tampa – Rivergrove: 7.93"
  • Riverview: 7.08"
  • Greater Northdale: 0.51"
  • Valrico: 3.81"
  • Temple Terrace: 0.65"

Manatee

  • Palmetto: 5.08"
  • Ellenton: 2.29"
  • Lakewood Ranch: 3.06"
  • Bradenton: 4.69"
  • Sarasota/Bradenton Int’l Airport: 2.13"

Pinellas

  • St. Petersburg – Tyrone Mall: 11:04"
  • Countryside: 9.75"
  • Largo: 9.65"
  • Seminole: 7.41"
  • Tarpon Springs – Tarpon Shores: 4.77"
  • Dunedin: 7.68"
  • South Pasadena: 8.65"

Power outages

At its peak, the storm caused 12,000 power outages for Tampa Electric customers, most of which have been restored.

As of Tuesday evening, these customers were still without power:

  • 589 TECO customers
  • 3,324 Duke Energy customers in Pinellas and Pasco counties
  • 76 FPL customers in Manatee County

  • TECO Power outage map
  • More than 100 out-of-state utility workers are expected to arrive today to supplement Tampa Electric’s crews and help restore power.

    Bay News 9 – local-news

    June 7, 2016 |

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