MIAMI ( Associated Press) – Tropical Storm Colin formed along the South Carolina coast on Saturday, threatening rain and high winds for a day or two during the holiday weekend before improving into Monday’s fourth event.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned of the potential for localized flash flooding along the Carolinas coast as of Sunday morning. At 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, the center of the storm was about 10 miles (15 kph) west-southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). It was moving to the northeast at 7 mph (11 kph).
The Hurricane Center said a tropical storm warning was in effect for a stretch from north of Little River, South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina, including Pamlico Sound. The storm is not expected to strengthen as it moved into the Atlantic on Monday.
“Colin will continue to produce heavy rain locally over parts of Coastal South and North Carolina through Sunday morning,” the center said. The isolated volume can reach up to 4 inches (10 cm).
“This rain may result in flash floods in local areas,” the Center said.
Some Fourth of July celebrations scheduled for Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, were canceled because significant water had accumulated on the ground at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park and more rain was expected.
“Obviously we are disappointed,” said Scott Watson, the city’s director of cultural affairs. “It promises to be a great family event, and we hate to cancel.
Organizers were also forced to cancel a planned celebration in Southport, North Carolina.
“The safety of festival-goers, vendors, volunteers, emergency workers and everyone else is our top priority,” festival spokeswoman Trisha Howarth said in a statement.
Separately, the center of Tropical Storm Bonnie rolled into the Pacific on Saturday after a rapid march into Central America, where it caused flooding, downed trees and forced thousands to evacuate in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. There were no immediate reports of deaths.
As of Saturday afternoon, Boni was centered about 110 miles (180 kph) southwest of Managua, still with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). It was moving to the west at 15 mph (24 kph).
It is one of the rare storms to cross the Pacific from the Atlantic without losing tropical storm force, thus maintaining its name. Forecasters said Bonnie was likely to become a hurricane off Mexico’s south coast this week, but was unlikely to hit land directly.
Many Nicaraguans still remember Hurricane Zone, a powerful 1988 hurricane that wreaked havoc on the coast and killed nearly 150 people in the country.
“We’re waiting for the storm to hit, hopefully it won’t destroy our area,” said Bluefields resident Ricardo Gomez, who was 8 years old when the zone hit, before Bonnie arrived.
The region was also affected by two powerful hurricanes, Eta and Iota, in quick succession in 2020, causing an estimated $700 million in damage.
Costa Rica officials expressed concern that the storm would make landfall and flood an area already saturated with days of rain. The government said nearly 700 people have already been displaced by floods in seven shelters in the northern part of the country.