Tropical Storm Colin is making its way up the Carolina coast
By TOI Desk Report July 2, 2022 Update on : July 2, 2022
Tropical Storm Colin was roaring into coastal South Carolina on its route to North Carolina’s coasts Saturday, one of several storms threatening to disrupt travelers and revelers for the Fourth of July holiday.
Current Tropical Cyclone Activity
Forecasters were taken aback when an area of unsettled weather near the Carolina coast formed into a tropical storm Saturday morning. The National Hurricane Center proclaimed Tropical Storm Colin to be born at 5 a.m. Saturday.
Tropical storm warnings was declared for areas of the South and North Carolina coastlines on Saturday. According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical storm characteristics might begin Saturday morning in South Carolina before expanding to North Carolina later Saturday throughout Sunday as the storm proceeds northeast along the coast.
FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Colin has developed off of our coast early this morning. Colin is moving slowly to the northeast and will continue doing so this weekend as it enters North Carolina. No additional impacts are expected for our area aside from rough surf. pic.twitter.com/u387smidce
— Chris Holtzman (@ChrisHoltzmanWx) July 2, 2022
Coastal South and North Carolina are expected to see high gusts, heavy rainfall of up to 4 inches, and isolated flash floods into Sunday morning.
There will be strong surf, severe rip currents, and coastline erosion along the storm’s path this weekend, AccuWeather meteorologist Adam Douty predicted.
However, Tropical Storm Bonnie blasted across Nicaragua on Saturday, promising floods and up to 8 inches of rain. According to the storm agency, mudslides are also forecast to continue across sections of Nicaragua and Costa Rica on Saturday.
The storm came ashore on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast on Friday with sustained winds of 50 mph before heading westward at 16 mph into Costa Rica. Bonnie is forecast to travel into the Pacific on Saturday before gathering strength and becoming a hurricane by Monday.
Bonnie made landfall late Friday on the Caribbean coast of Central America, roughly 75 miles south of Bluefields, according to the National Hurricane Center. Meteorologists warned of major floods, with rainfall of up to 8 inches in isolated areas and even more.
Bluefields officials said they built up 50 emergency housing before the storm hit, and many of the city’s 57,000 inhabitant’s nailed boards over their windows.