The Latest: Heavy rains from Colin hit Florida, Georgia

8 p.m.

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Colin are hitting northern Florida and southern Georgia, knocking out power in some areas and flooding roads on the Gulf coast.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm was moving north-northeast at 23 mph (37 kph) and its center was about 35 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola at 8 p.m. Maximum sustained winds were measured at 50 mph with higher gusts.

The center says the storm will continue to move at a faster speed tonight into Tuesday, with the center making landfall at Florida's Big Bend this evening.

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5 p.m.

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Colin have hit northern Florida and southern Georgia, knocking out power in some areas and flooding roads on the Gulf coast.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm was moving north-northeast at 23 mph (37 kph) and its center was about 190 miles west-northwest of Tampa at 5 p.m. Maximum sustained winds were measured at 50 mph, with a gust of 60 mph reported in Venice, Florida.

The agency also extended its tropical storm warning northeast to Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

The center says the storm will continue to move at a faster speed tonight into Tuesday, with the center making landfall at Florida's Big Bend this evening.

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4:30 p.m.

About 7,600 people are without power in the Tampa Bay area due to Tropical Storm Colin.

Duke Energy said Monday afternoon that it had 3,600 customers without electricity, while Tampa Electric Company said on its website that 4,022 people were experiencing outages.

The storm's center was expected to travel north of Tampa Bay toward the Panhandle, but it still is having effects on the populated region.

Forecasters predicted 4 to 6 inches of rain in Tampa Bay.

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2 p.m.

Besides preparing for Tropical Storm Colin and hurricane season, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is also trying to combat a further outbreak of the Zika virus.

Scott said during his Monday briefing at the Emergency Management Center that Monday's storm is moving quickly, which shouldn't leave a lot of standing water. But it could lead to more mosquitoes.

Scott says he is frustrated because Congress went into recess without approving more money to combat the virus. He says "Congress should not have gone on vacation without funding Zika since Zika is not taking a vacation."
 

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