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Strong Wind, Heavy Rain to Douse Southeast U.S. as Storm Moves into Atlantic - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Strong winds and heavy rainfall were expected across the southeastern United States on Tuesday, even as the center of Tropical Storm Colin was moving into the Atlantic Ocean.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the Altamaha Sound Georgia to Oregon Inlet in North Carolina on Tuesday morning.

As 50 mph winds were expected in the region, a tornado was reported in Lee County Florida, according to the National Weather Service. The storm was forecast with 1 to 3 inches more of rain as flash flood warnings and watches were in effect across the region, the hurricane center said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, said more than 6,000 Florida National Guard members were activated and ready for deployment after he had declared a state of emergency on Monday in 34 of the state’s 67 counties.

There are still ongoing threats of flooding and property damage due to fierce winds, forecasters warned.

The storm also threatened crops in Florida, the country’s biggest citrus producer, which sent U.S. orange juice futures on Monday to their highest in more than two years.

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