mile per hour winds and heavy rains hammering Florida on Monday as Tropical Storm Colin approaches the gulf coast. Governor Rick Scott declaring a state of emergency in 34 counties.>> Since it's gonna impact pretty much our entire state.>> Reuters correspondent Letitia Stein is in Gulfport Florida and the Tampa Bay area.
>> Storm waters from Tropical Storm Colin already is spilling over the roadways several feet deep as it washes up onto shore. Many people here consider a tropical storm day to be sort of a fun day where you get sent home from work and school early. However, Florida Governor, Rick Scott has warned Florida communities to please take it very seriously.
He has declared a state of emergency in about half of Florida's counties. And Tropical Storm Colin has extended tropical storm warning watches all along both of the state's coast. Hail, tornadoes, flooding, riptides, lightening are all threats to Florida as Tropical Storm Colin approaches. And is expected to make landfall along the northern Gulf coast later on Monday, and then proceed across the US southeast.
>> The storm is expected to reach Georgia and South Carolina by Tuesday. Colin is part of a brutal start to the Atlantic hurricane season that last through the end of November. Over the US Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Carolina's where slammed by heavy rain and winds from Tropical Storm Bonnie.