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Tropical Storm Colin gains speed as it nears Florida, and governor declares emergency

Tropical Storm Colin gains speed as it nears Florida, and governor declares emergency

Residents on Florida's Gulf Coast filled sandbags, schools planned to close early and Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Colin gained speed and churned toward the state Monday, threatening serious flooding.

A large portion of Florida's western and Panhandle coast was already under a tropical storm warning when the National Hurricane Center announced that a swift-moving depression had become a named storm. The center said it is the earliest that a third named storm has ever formed in the Atlantic basin.

Colin's maximum sustained winds Monday morning had increased to near 50 mph, with some slow strengthening possible during the next two days. The...

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