Disorganized Tropical Storm Colin brings heavy rains, strong winds to Carolina Coast

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As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Colin was positioned about 50 miles WSW of Wilmington, North Carolina, bringing periods of heavy rainfall, gusty winds and rough surf to the South Carolina and North Carolina beaches.

The Tropical Storm is moving away from Jacksonville with no direct impacts moving forward.

Colin is forecast to move away from the Carolina coast and dissipate by early Monday.

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Latest NHC Update:

At 5 PM EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Colin was located near latitude 34.0 North, longitude 78.6 West. Colin is moving toward the northeast near 7 mph (11 km/h). A slightly faster northeast to east-northeast motion is expected during the next day or so. On the forecast track, the center of Colin is expected to move northeastward along or just inland of the North Carolina coast through Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next day or so, but Colin is expected to dissipate by Sunday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) southeast of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1014 mb (29.95 inches).

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WIND: Tropical storm conditions, especially in gusts, are expected within the warning area in North Carolina later this evening through early Sunday.

RAINFALL: Colin will continue to produce locally heavy rainfall across coastal portions of North Carolina and northern South Carolina through Sunday morning. An additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, with isolated amounts up to 4 inches in eastern North Carolina, is possible. This rainfall may result in localized areas of flash flooding.

SURF: Swells generated by Colin are affecting portions of the North Carolina coast. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.