Tropical Storm Colin will bring heavy rain, potential for tornadoes



Ocala, Florida — Tropical Storm Colin could bring winds between 20-57 miles per hour. To be safe, efforts should made to secure lawn furniture, trash cans, or loose debris.

According to the U.S. National Weather Service, the biggest threat to Marion County will be heavy rain.

Peak rainfall has been projected to be approximately five inches for the Marion County area.

Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches may become swollen and overflow in certain areas.

Do not attempt to drive any vehicle through standing water.

Flood waters could also enter structures.

In preparation for rising water, the City of Ocala Municipal Government will be offering free sandbags to city residents, today, from 8:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Tuscawilla Park (at the corner of 8th Ave. and 14th St.)

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex (between SR 40 and MLK Jr, Ave., near College of Central Florida’s Hampton Center)

The limit is five per resident.

U.S. National Weather Service has warned that this storm has the capability to produce tornadoes, however as of 12:55 p.m., the flood risk remained the greatest concern.

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