Pictures from Tropical Storm Colin – Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – As Tropical Storm Colin passed through the Gulf of Mexico and over north Florida, Anna Maria Island had a wet and windy couple of days.

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Bradenton Beach on June 6, 2016 as Tropical Storm Colin heads north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Meteorologists predicted Tropical Storm Colin would bring the island up to 8 inches of rain fall over just a few days with wind speeds in the range of 30-50mph.

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The Gulf of Mexico as Anna Maria Island feels the effects of Tropical Storm Colin

Tropical Storm Colin Flooding

Many of the island’s streets experienced significant flooding especially during high tide on Monday. Vehicles and pedestrians were forced to move through standing water due to flooding. No major incidents were reported. The Florida Highway Patrol shut down the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, but all bridges to the island remained open.

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Street Flooding in Holmes Beach on Marina Drive from Tropical Storm Colin . Photo Credit: Denise Coryell

Minimal Damage

The island received minimal damage from the storm. The coast guard went to Bradenton Beach to rescue a house boat sinking in the anchorage.

No injuries were reported and the three occupants were safely brought to land.

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A few individuals collecting shells as the storm rolled by.

Reopening on Tuesday, many island businesses shut down during the storm Monday. The hardest hit businesses were Tide Tables and Starfish restaurant in Cortez Fishing Village. Anna Maria Elementary was closed for the day due to flooding, but all other Manatee County schools remained open.

Many turtle nests on the island suffered from wash out scattering eggs onto the beach and into the water. The storm destroyed shorebird nests and eggs.

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A Bradenton Beach turtle nest during the low tide Monday morning. Rising tides devastated many turtle nests.

The storm did cause some beach erosion, and across the island residents did experience short term electrical outages.

All three of the island’s cities prepared for the worst with storm plans in place. As of Tuesday, June 7th flood water began to dry up starting in the morning, and through out the day the sun peaked through the clouds. Soggy Anna Maria Island is still beautiful as ever.

Island Real Estates vacation rental properties reported no major damages, and vacationers hunkered down to wait out the weather.

 

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