Tropical Depression Colin over the Gulf of Mexico • Earth.com

Last update: October 17th, 2019 at 5:00 am

On Sunday, June 5, 2016, Tropical Depression 3 formed over the southern Gulf of Mexico. By 4:30 p.m. EDT, the depression strengthened into a tropical storm and was renamed Colin.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a true-color image of Tropical Storm Colin in the southern Gulf of Mexico at 2:45 p.m. EDT (18:45 UTC) on June 5. The image revealed the center of Colin between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba as clouds from the northern quadrant of the storm streamed over Florida.

By 11 p.m. EDT on June 6, Colin was making landfall in the Big Bend area of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). During the early morning hours of June 7, Colin moved in a northeasterly direction across northern Florida and into the Atlantic Ocean. Later that same day it was centered off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina, where it elongated and stretched out parallel to the southeastern U.S. coastline. The NHC issued its last advisory on the storm at 2100 UTC (5:00 p.m. EDT) on June 7 and stated that maximum wind speeds had strengthened to at 60 mph (95 km/h), but that post-tropical storm Colin was located well off the east coast. The system was moving towards the northeast.

Although never a strong storm, achieving maximum wind speeds of only 50 mph (85 km/h) as it passed over Florida, Tropical Storm Colin doused Florida and parts of Georgia and South Carolina with heavy rains. Parts of Florida, in particular, suffered significant flooding while coastal regions had to cope with high surf. Anna Marie Island, which lies just off of Florida’s western coast near Bradenton, reported waves of five to six feet in height and wind gusts near 60 mph (95 km/h). Several boats were damaged from the wind and high waves.

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