Colin is moving toward the northeast near 31 mph (50 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed today and tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Colin should move near and parallel to the coast of the southeastern United States today. However, it’s important to note that the strongest winds and heaviest rains are well removed from the center.
Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and ship data indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Some increase in strength is expected during the next 24 hours. However, Colin is also expected to lose its tropical cyclone characteristics by tonight.
Tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 230 miles (370 km) to the southeast of the storm’s center.
TROPICAL STORM WARNING
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Altamaha Sound, Georgia to Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.
All Tropical Storm Warnings for Florida have been canceled.
TROPICAL STORM IMPACTS
RAINFALL: Colin is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches across eastern North Carolina and central Florida through today. Rainfall is expected to diminish across northern Florida, coastal Georgia, and eastern South Carolina this morning.
STORM SURGE: The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…
Indian Pass to Tampa Bay…1 to 3 ft with slightly higher amounts possible in a few locations.
Tampa Bay south to Florida Bay…1 to 2 ft.
Localized coastal flooding and dangerous surf are possible along the Atlantic coast from Florida to North Carolina within the tropical storm warning area. The surge along the Florida Gulf coast should diminish today.
The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions could occur over portions of the warning area today.
TORNADOES: A tornado or two will remain possible across parts of the coastal Carolinas today.