• Tropical storm warnings are in effect for coastal North Carolina.
  • Waters near the Carolinas will be rough and dangerous.

Tropical Storm Colin is spinning over the eastern Carolinas, with bands of rain and gusty winds wrapping into the coastal Carolinas this holiday weekend.

This storm will affect plans for the July 4th weekend in the eastern Carolinas.

Colin formed over South Carolina early Saturday morning from a circulation that produced bands of rain over coastal Georgia on Friday.

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The worst impacts from Colin will likely be near and just offshore in the Carolinas and many inland spots won’t see impacts at all.

This tropical storm will bring the threat of rip currents and rough surf to the coasts of the Carolinas and possibly as far north as southeastern Virginia. Stay out of the water if at all possible.

Bands of heavy rain will swivel across these coasts through this weekend. An additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, with isolated amounts up to 4 inches, is expected.

Given that Colin is onshore, the possibility of intensification is rather low, meaning the threat of damaging winds is also low. But gusty winds will be occurring in bands of rain that come ashore.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Cape Fear to Duck, North Carolina, and for Pamlico Sound where winds will likely surpass 40 mph this weekend in those tropical rainbands.

Colin Recap

Colin’s origins came from an area of spin near Florida’s East Coast on Jun. 30, which spun up into an impressive swirl near the coast of Savannah, Georgia, the following day. The circulation moved inland over South Carolina, but winds increased offshore to around 40 mph, making it a tropical storm.

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