Surprise! Tropical Storm Colin forms on Carolina coast

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There’s a new storm in town, its name is Colin and it’s on top of the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center on Saturday said Tropical Storm Colin has developed — not over water but just inland near the South Carolina coast — and would continue to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to areas along the coast through the holiday weekend.

Tropical storm warnings are now in effect for those areas.

Colin is the third named storm of 2022 in the Atlantic. It’s expected to hug the Carolina coast before turning more to the northeast and moving away from land.

As of 7 am CDT Saturday, the center of Tropical Storm Colin was located about 25 miles west-southwest of Myrtle Beach, SC, and was on a path northeast at 8 mph.

Tropical Storm Colin is expected to dissipate by Monday.

Colin had 40 mph winds, making it a minimal tropical storm. The hurricane center said little change in strength is expected, and Colin could dissipate by Monday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from the South Santee River in South Carolina to Duck, NC, as well as Pamlico Sound.

The hurricane center said tropical storm conditions are expected in South Carolina this morning and will spread northward to the warning area in North Carolina this afternoon through Sunday.

The storm could bring another 1 to 2 inches of rain to that area through Sunday morning.


Tropical Storm Bonnie track 7 am Saturday

Tropical Storm Bonnie is switching oceans and could become a hurricane.

The hurricane center also continued to track Tropical Storm Bonnie far to the south on Saturday.

Bonnie made landfall on the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border late Friday as a tropical storm with 50 mph winds.

Bonnie continued on a path westward on Saturday and was poised to move into the eastern Pacific, where it could strengthen to a hurricane in a few days.

Since Bonnie’s circulation has remained relatively intact, it will get to keep its name even though it will move into the Pacific, which has its own list of storm names.

The last storm that did this was Hurricane Otto in 2016. Otto made landfall on Costa Rica’s Caribbean side as a Category 3 hurricane before heading across that thin strip of land into the Pacific.

According to the Washington Post 18 tropical storms or hurricanes have made the jump from Atlantic to Pacific since 1851.

As of 7 am CDT Saturday, Tropical Storm Bonnie was located about 50 miles northwest of Liberia, Costa Rica, and was moving west at 14 mph.

Bonnie had 40 mph winds. The hurricane center said Bonnie is expected to strengthen gradually through at least Tuesday and could potentially become a hurricane by Tuesday.

Bonnie is expected to move into the eastern Pacific this morning and then parallel to the coasts of El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico today through Tuesday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Limon, Costa Rica, northward to Sandy Bay Sirpi, Nicaragua, and on the Pacific side from Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, northward to the border of Nicaragua and Honduras.

Bonnie could bring up to a foot of rain to parts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, which could cause deadly flash flooding and mudslides.

The hurricane center said tropical storm winds will be possible along the Caribbean coasts of those areas through the morning hours.


The hurricane center had its eye on one other tropical wave on Saturday, but it had very low chances of becoming the next named storm.

As of Saturday, the disturbance was in the eastern Caribbean near the Windward Islands. It was moving into an unfavorable environment and had only a 10 percent chance of becoming a depression, forecasters said.

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