June 7, 2016 – A mobile park home in Clearwater, Florida, was left underwater Tuesday by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Colin. The storm made landfall in Florida Monday night, prompting Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency for more than half the counties in the Sunshine State.
“Colin dumped locally more than 10 inches of rain near the Tallahassee area Monday,” said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. “The storm is now on the move and impacts from the storm will diminish through Tuesday.”
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Bridge closed because of high winds
Tuesday the Mariners Cove mobile park home in Clearwater was submerged under 4 feet of water, according to ABC Action News. The community had to be evacuated.
Fire crews and officials with the Largo Police Department assisted residents to safety, ABC also reports.
In an interview Tuesday, Scott said there were no reports of major damage, but the state will be tracking flooding.
Monday the governor said the state’s Emergency Operations Center was elevated to activation status level 2, “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.”
Flood warnings were issued in many parts of the Tampa Bay area Tuesday and commuting became difficult as roads were underwater and closed off completely in some areas, the Associated Press reports.
Schools and summer programs were disrupted by the storm. Many students were dismissed early Monday and two high school graduations in the Tampa Bay area had to be postponed, AP also reports.
The Skyway Bridge was closed to all vehicles Monday as winds gusted up to 52 mph, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Tampa Electric reported nearly 8,300 customers (98.8 percent of all customers) were without power at one point Monday afternoon.
Further south, KC-135s from the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa were evacuated to Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire Monday morning, and the base closed its Bayshore Boulevard gate Monday afternoon.
Franklin County, which historically floods, issued a voluntary evacuation notice for anyone in low-lying areas or anyone in RVs in the county.
The National Weather Service reported a house fire in Hardee County was sparked by downed power lines knocked over by falling trees Monday afternoon. Strong winds also ripped the roof off a mobile home in Bradenton.
Colin dumped heavy rain along North Carolina’s Outer Banks as it moved away from the southeastern coast Tuesday. Schools in Wilmington were delated two hours due to the weather and Duke Energy reported a handful of customers were without service in eastern North Carolina, according to AP.