Florida issues emergency declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Colin
TALLAHASSEE - Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 34 Florida counties as Tropical Strom Colin approaches the state from the Gulf of Mexico.
Scott signed the order Monday morning.
A large swath of Florida is under a tropical storm warning. The counties included in the governor's declaration include the Tampa Bay region, much of the Panhandle, central Florida and the counties along the Atlantic beaches in northeast Florida.
Heavy rain is expected, and many coastal communities are providing sandbags for residents in low-lying areas prone to flooding.
Daniel Brown, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, says strong wind shear and the system's poor organization make it unlikely that Colin will strengthen before reaching Florida's coastline.
The Florida Highway Patrol has closed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to traffic due to high winds from Tropical Storm Colin.
The bridge, which spans Tampa Bay between Pinellas and Manatee counties, was shut down Monday. It's unknown when it will reopen.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Footage of hit and run driver crashing into Circle K gas pump
Body of sixth crewman recovered from capsized vessel in Gulf
Man found shot to death in vehicle on Greenwell Springs Road
Hit and run crash causes fire at gas station pump
LSU to announce new candidates vying for university President position Wednesday
Legendary Parkview coach Kenny Guillot passes away at 76
Southern Wins Third Straight Bayou Classic
White squad edges Purple in LSU Spring game
'We have a plan': Coach O quiet on how Title IX scandal...
Southeastern regains sole possession of first place in Southland standings with win...