Tropical Storm Colin forms; sets Atlantic Hurricane Season record

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FLORIDA, United States, Monday June 6, 2016 – Tropical Storm Colin, which developed late yesterday afternoon, is taking heavy rain and strong winds to parts of Florida and will possibly also drench parts of the Caribbean island of Cuba as well.

The storm, the record-earliest third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is located about 285 miles west southwest of Tampa, Florida, and has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

Following a north-northeast track at near 16 miles per hour, Colin is expected to reach land tonight, move across portions of Florida and southeastern Georgia early Tuesday morning, and move near the southeastern coast of the United States later on Tuesday. Forecasters say the north-northeastward movement is due to an upper-level high pressure centered to the east from the Bahamas to the central Caribbean Sea and broad low pressure aloft centered over South Texas.

According to Weather Underground, areas of locally heavy rain are likely in western Cuba, possibly as far west as Cancun and Cozumel, Mexico.

Colin has created storm history. Getting to “C” in the list Atlantic Hurricane Season names list in the first month of the season is exceedingly rare, and Colin is the earliest by almost two weeks, as the previous on record was Chris on June 18, 2012.

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