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A tropical depression churning toward Florida strengthened into Tropical Storm Colin and was headed toward a wide area spanning the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Seaboard, the National Weather Service said Monday morning.

At 1 a.m. ET, Colin was about 455 miles southwest of Tampa Bay, packing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and barreling north at 12 mph.

A tropical storm watch for Florida and the Carolinas coast was expanded to cover the entire Gulf of Mexico and the southeast Atlantic Coast on Sunday night. A tropical storm warning was later put into effect from Altamaha Sound, Georgia, to Sebastian Inlet, Florida…

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