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Tropical Storm Colin drops 5+ inches of rain in parts of Palm Coast; winds recorded at 45 mph at airport

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The storm created wall clouds, but no tornados.

Winds from Tropical Storm Colin reached up to 45 mph as the storm moved through Flagler County June 6-7, dropping 5.5 inches of rain in parts of Palm Coast, according to a Flagler County news release.

Palm Coast got the worst of the rain. The Pine Lakes area got the most, at about 5.5 inches, and the Marina at Palm Harbor got almost five inches. The county's southern and western borders got the least rain, at about 2.75 inches. 

A wall cloud forms over Town Center (Photo by Tracey Rowland)

The storm spawned wall clouds, large clouds that develop beneath a base of cumulonimbus clouds and can turn into tornados. But although some of the wall clouds did begin to rotate, there were no actual tornados, according to the news release.

“This was a very fast moving storm,” Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten said in the news release. “A couple of our trained, volunteer Storm Spotters saw (and took pictures of) wall clouds with rotation, but we were fortunate that these didn’t form tornadoes.”

The Flagler County Airport on State Road 100 recorded the strongest winds, noting winds of 45 mph at about 1 a.m. June 7. Along the coast in Flagler Beach and Marineland, winds of 43-44 mph were recorded, according to the release. 

The roadway at the intersection of County Road 302 and County Road 305 was blocked late June 6 after a tree fell into the road at about 11 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 4:57 p.m. June 6, and the CodeRED weather alert system notified 8,794 people by phone, 945 by email and 1,554 by text message, according to the release. 

Sign up for CodeRED weather warning notifications at flagleremergency.com.

The direct link for CodeRED is public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/7B3E2CD592C0. The link to the special needs shelter application is flagleremergency.com/doc/psn_form.pdf.

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