Last updated: 08:40 PM ET, Sun June 05 2016

Forecasters: Tropical Storm Colin to Dump Rain on Florida

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | June 05, 2016

Forecasters: Tropical Storm Colin to Dump Rain on Florida

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Anyone planning to head to Florida in the near future should keep a close eye on the weather forecast.

The third named storm just a few days into the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Colin has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday, The Weather Channel reported. 

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Three to 5 inches of rain are expected across the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba and parts of Florida, with up to 8 inches possible locally, according to The Weather Channel.

As of 4 p.m. Eastern Time, the National Hurricane Center located Colin about 475 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., or about 465 miles southwest of Tampa, Fla. The tropical storm was heading north at 12 mph. 

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Aside from heavy rain, the other main threat is the wind. The storm had maximum sustained winds around 40 mph on Sunday evening, The Weather Channel reported. The weather service predicted high surf and coastal flooding as well.

The Weather Channel said the storm is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast of Florida either late Monday or early Tuesday. The storm is expected to be near or off the coast of the Carolinas by later Tuesday.

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