Updates on Tropical Storm Colin with Insight from Procacci's Frank Paone
SOUTHEAST, U.S.- While the National Hurricane Center declared Colin as "post-tropical" late Tuesday morning and all tropical storm warnings for Florida had been cancelled, flood watches still remained in effect for 24 counties as of yesterday. According to The Weather Channel, Colin's center of circulation became elongated and not well defined as it moved off the Southeast coast, meaning it will no longer be considered a tropical cyclone over the western Atlantic Ocean. The storm was downgraded early Tuesday at which point it then swept across Georgia on its path to the Atlantic, also affecting parts of South and North Carolina, according to a report by Reuters.
While the storm has let up, some growers and shippers in the area tell me they will need more time to assess the damage, if any.
Frank Paone, Director of Marketing for Procacci Brothers, tells me, “We're keeping an eye on North Florida where most of the tomato production has shifted - obviously if the amount of rainfall being discussed pans out, you're going to see setbacks from your initial projections and susceptibility to quality issues that can result from it.”
More than ten inches of rain fell North and Northeast of Tallahassee, Florida, in Bradfordville and near Wadesboro, The Weather Channel added, with nearly 11 inches of rain reported at one location near Micanopy (south of Gainesville) Tuesday early morning. As of Monday, Gainesville reported its second wettest June day on record with 5.65 inches of rain.
Tuesday morning experienced some flooding in Tampa as well.
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“We won't have much else to report until we're back in the fields to assess everything, but naturally we hope for the best in these situations,” Frank adds.
Florida's Gulf Coast Monday was subject to storm surge flooding which inundated low-lying areas. Stay tuned as we follow the effects of Tropical Storm Colin.