Florida declared a state of emergency Monday as strengthening Tropical Storm Colin promised strong winds and the potential for serious flooding from heavy rains.
The National Hurricane Center said Colin was gaining steam and moving towards Tampa Bay. The storm is expected to make landfall on Monday with winds of up to 50 mph.
As much as 8 inches of rain is forecast to fall across an area from Mexico's northeast Yucatan peninsula east to Florida, Georgia and coastal areas of the Carolinas.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm. "Every Florida family and visitor needs to prepare now," Scott said on Twitter.