Tropical Depression 3 strengthens into Tropical Storm Colin

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Tropical Depression 3 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Colin.

  • T.S. Warning is in effect for all coastal areas through Monday
  • Flood Warning for Alafia River in Hillsborough Co.  Moderate flooding is forecast
  • Flood Watch is posted for all of our counties until Monday evening
  • Main threats on Monday: heavy rain, gusty wind, potential for few isolated tornadoes/waterspouts
  • Winds will start to increase at the coast by daybreak
  • Showers and storms become widespread quickly early Monday 
  • Some storms will be strong and will repeat over same locations
  • Water spouts will be possible
  • Heaviest rains, strongest winds will affect the region Monday afternoon through Monday night
  • Sustained winds could be around 30 – 38 mph on Monday, mainly on the coast
  • Boating conditions will deteriorate quickly late tonight
  • Hazardous winds and seas along with thunderstorms will be across the Gulf and Tampa Bay all day Monday into Tuesday
  • Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus County Schools OPEN Monday
  • Manatee County Schools will be OPEN Monday except for Anna Maria Elementary School, which will be CLOSED to students as a precautionary measure
  • Sandbags being made available at locations across Tampa Bay
  • State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee activates to Level 2

The Latest Advisory (5 p.m.)

At 5 p.m., the center of Tropical Depression Three was located near latitude 23.3 North, longitude 87.9 West.

The depression is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h). A north-northeastward motion at a faster forward speed is expected tonight through Monday.

On this track, the center of the depression is forecast to approach the coast of the Florida Big Bend area Monday afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.

Some strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm before reaching the coast of Florida. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from Sarasota County northward, including Tampa Bay.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the coast of Georgia and northeast Florida from Altahama Sound, Georgia to Flagler Beach, Florida.

A Flood Watch is posted for all of our counties until Monday evening. Rainfall of 3-6 inches is possible with isolated totals of 8 inches due to deep tropical moisture. This includes: Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Polk counties.

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Alafia River in Hillsborough County. Moderate flooding is forecast. 

There will be some coastal flooding at high tide Monday PM:

  • Anna Maria Island 12:45 p.m.
  • St. Petersburg  2:44 p.m.
  • Davis Island  2:48 p.m.
  • Pass-A-Grille  1:11 p.m.
  • Clearwater Beach 1:09 p.m.
  • New Port Richey  1:59 p.m.
  • Aripeka 2:20 p.m.
  • Crystal River 2:54 p.m.

Heavy rain and gusty wind Monday

We will see areas of heavy rain and gusty wind during the day on Monday. Timing of the start and duration will be influenced by the organization of the storm. A weaker, disorganized storm will actually lead to a longer duration rain potential, while a more organized system will have a potential for some areas of stronger wind.

Our main threats on Monday will be heavy rain, gusty wind, and the potential for a few isolated tornadoes/waterspouts.

With a southwest to west southwest wind expected to develop as early as tonight, tomorrow’s early afternoon high tide will be higher than expected.

It is important to know that all of the rough weather is east of the “center” so when you see the track note that we will have heavy rain and gusty wind just bout all day Monday.

The biggest concern will be the potential for flooding. 2-6 inches of rain is possible with even some higher amounts. So, that combined with a persistent SW wind flow Monday will lead to low lying and poor drainage areas not draining.

School openings/closings

Hillsborough County: School IS OPEN tomorrow, Monday, June 6. After consulting with the Emergency  Operations Center, the city, the county, and other local school districts, school is OPEN Monday. Field trips and after-school activities are canceled. HOST and high school graduations will continue as scheduled. District officials will continue to monitor weather conditions.

Pinellas County: School IS OPEN tomorrow, Monday, June 6.

Pasco County: As of 9:30 a.m., Sunday, June 5, all Pasco County schools will be open on Monday, June 6. Monitor websites and social media for updates.

Hernando County: Schools in Hernando County will operate normally tomorrow. We ask for your patience as there may be delays at pick up and drop off. All before and after school programs scheduled for tomorrow are cancelled. Please check the District website and/or Facebook page for up to date information.

Manatee County: All schools in Manatee County are scheduled to be open tomorrow, Monday, June 6th, with the exception of Anna Maria Elementary, which is being closed to students for precautionary reasons. Even though Tropical Storm Colin is expected to make landfall well north of the Tampa Bay area late Monday or early Tuesday, we have been told to expect several inches of rain, gusting winds and possible flooding in some areas, mainly along the coastline. If conditions change, we will alert you with additional information as warranted.

Citrus County: As of now, all on-campus student activities scheduled for Monday, June 6 are still scheduled. Please check back tonight on our Facebook page for any updates.

No decision yet on other school closings due to tropical storm warning.

SEOC elevates activation status to Level 2

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee activates to Level 2 as state prepares for possible impacts from TD #3.

“As we continue to closely monitor this tropical depression, Floridians should remain vigilant and have an emergency plan for their families and businesses in place today," said Gov. Rick Scott. "The level two activation at the State Emergency Operations Center will help state and local emergency management officials work together to ensure our state is ready to respond to any impacts of this weather event.”

Located in Tallahassee, the SEOC is the operational and logistical coordination headquarters for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). The SEOC has three activation levels, with Level 1 being the highest:

  • Level 3: Normal daily active monitoring
  • Level 2: Activation of mission-specific emergency support and planning functions
  • Level 1: Full activation of all emergency support functions

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30.

Bay News 9 – local-news

June 5, 2016 |

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