GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Tropical Storm Colin formed early Saturday near the South Carolina coast and will have an impact on weather in parts of Eastern North Carolina over the next 24 hours.
The National Hurricane Center reports Colin formed off the South Carolina coast and issued the initial warning in its 5 a.m. advisory. At 11 p.m. Saturday, the storm’s center was about 15 miles north of Wilmington, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It was moving northeast at 7 mph.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued from South Santee River, S.C. to Duck, N.C., including the Pamlico Sound. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City reports Colin isn’t expected to gain additional strength and will continue to move northeast on Saturday, likely arriving in the Wilmington area sometime Saturday night.
People along the coastline can expect heavy rain and gusty winds up to tropical storm force over the next 24 hours before the storm pushes back into the Atlantic Ocean and eventually moves away from the United States.
Gov. Roy Cooper alerted people to be aware of conditions over the weekend. While the storm may be more of a rain producer, it’s possible winds could bring down trees and power lines. There could be three inches or more of rain in some spots.
“This storm that formed quickly and rather unexpectedly is a reminder that we all need to be prepared and vigilant during hurricane season,” said Cooper. “If you are enjoying the holiday weekend at the coast, keep a close eye on the weather and be sure to follow directions from local officials and lifeguards.”
Visit ReadyNC.gov to learn how to prepare your family emergency supply kit, and make sure you Know Your Zone, if you live in one of 20 North Carolina coastal counties with pre-determined coastal evacuation zones. You can also access North Carolina’s Hurricane Guide.