Tropical Storm Colin will hit southern North Carolina on July 4


Tropical Storm Colin — the third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season — is expected to inundate parts of South and North Carolina with heavy rain and possible flash flooding over the July 4 weekend.

Tropical storm warnings were issued Saturday for parts of the South and North Carolina coasts. Tropical storm conditions could begin Saturday morning in South Carolina before spreading to North Carolina later Saturday through Sunday as the storm moves northeast along the shoreline, the National Hurricane Center said. .

The South and North Carolina coasts will likely see strong winds, heavy rains of up to 4 inches and localized areas of flash flooding through Sunday morning.

“There will be rough surf, dangerous rip currents and areas of coastal erosion near the storm this weekend,” AccuWeather meteorologist Adam Douty predicted.

As of 11 a.m. Saturday, Colin was about five miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of around 40 mph. The storm was moving northeast at 7 mph and was expected to dissipate into the western Atlantic on Monday, the hurricane center said.

TROPICAL STORM BONNIE:Bonnie is training in the Caribbean and is expected to hit Central America later on Friday

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Bonnie swept through parts of Nicaragua on Saturday, threatening flooding and heavy rains of up to 8 inches. Mudslides are also expected to “continue over parts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica” throughout Saturday, according to the hurricane center.

The storm made landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua on Friday with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph before starting to move west at 16 mph, towards Costa Rica. Bonnie is expected to move into the Pacific on Saturday before gaining strength and likely reaching hurricane strength by Monday.

Contributor: The Associated Press

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