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Former Tropical Storm Colin Clears Out, Leaves Soaking Rains in Southeast

by Erik Ortiz and Reuters /
A NASA satellite image shows the former Tropical Storm Colin over the southeast on June 7, 2016.HANDOUT / Reuters

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The last gasp of former Tropical Storm Colin was expected to soak parts of Florida and the Outer Banks of North Carolina through Tuesday night as the system raced off the Southeast coast.

Colin was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone earlier Tuesday morning, hours after making landfall and dumping as much as 10 inches of rain on Florida communities around Tampa, Tallahassee and Gainesville, according to the National Weather Service.

Power was knocked out to about 7,600 customers as of noon ET and utility crews were racing to bring them back on line. Gov. Rick Scott had already declared a state of emergency Monday morning as a precaution.

An additional 5 inches of rain was forecast to fall across the central part of the state, with flooding still a possibility in two dozen counties.

Related: NOAA Predicts Near-Normal 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Near Clearwater, authorities used boats and emergency equipment to evacuate 30 people from a mobile-home park inundated by flooding. No one was injured, according to the Largo Police Department, which was involved in the efforts.

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Meanwhile, up to 2 inches of rain was expected to hit the barrier islands of North Carolina.

The storm was moving 205 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, packing sustained winds of 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

With Colin no longer a threat, major Florida transportation landmarks, including the Port of Tampa and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, were reopened Tuesday.

The storm is part of a brisk start to the Atlantic hurricane season that runs through Nov. 30.

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