Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to Carolinas, weakens as Bonnie marches throughout Central America

Tropical Storm Colin formed along the South Carolina coast Saturday morning, bringing rain and wind, although the storm has since weakened and conditions are expected to improve after Monday’s celebrations. , July 4.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned of the possibility of local flash flooding along the Carolinas coast through Sunday morning.

By Saturday night, Colin had weakened to a tropical depression, and forecasters had stopped the tropical storm warning in effect for parts of the North Carolina coast.

At 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, the storm’s center was about 15 miles north of Wilmington, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It is moving northeast at 7 mph.

The storm is expected to continue to weaken and dissipate completely by Sunday night or Monday morning.

“Colin will continue to generate heavy rainfall locally over coastal areas of North Carolina through Sunday morning, where an additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall is possible,” the center said.

Several July 4 celebrations scheduled for Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, were canceled after significant water build-up on the field at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. and more rain is expected.

Scott Watson, the city’s cultural director, said: “Obviously we’re disappointed. “This promises to be a great family event and we don’t want to have to cancel.”

This GOES-East geo-color image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Colin on July 2, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.
This GOES-East geo-color image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Colin on July 2, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.
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Organizers were also forced to cancel a festival that had been planned in Southport, North Carolina.

“The safety of Festivalgoers, vendors, volunteers, emergency personnel and everyone else is our highest priority,” festival spokeswoman Trisha Howarth said in a statement. An announcement.

Tropical Storm Bonnie alone made landfall in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after a rapid march through Central America, where it caused flooding, toppled trees and forced thousands of people to evacuate in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. There were no immediate reports of deaths.

People are trapped during flash flooding amid Tropical Storm Bonnie in San Salvador, El Salvador July 2, 2022.
People are trapped during flash flooding amid Tropical Storm Bonnie in San Salvador, El Salvador July 2, 2022.
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On Saturday night, Bonnie was centered about 165 miles south of San Salvador, El Salvador, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. It is moving west at 17 mph.

It is one of the rare hurricanes to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean without reducing tropical storm force, thus retaining its name. Forecasters say Bonnie is likely to become a hurricane on Monday off the southern coast of Mexico, but is unlikely to hit land directly.

Many Nicaraguans still remember Hurricane Joan, a powerful 1988 storm that devastated the coast and left nearly 150 people dead in the country.

“We’re waiting for the storm to make landfall, hopefully it won’t destroy our area,” said Bluefields resident Ricardo Gómez, who was eight when Joan hit, before Bonnie arrived.

A bystander walks past a damaged vehicle during flash flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Bonnie in San Salvador, El Salvador July 2, 2022.
A bystander walks past a damaged vehicle during flash flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Bonnie in San Salvador, El Salvador July 2, 2022.
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The area was also hit by two powerful storms, Eta and Iota, that hit in succession in 2020, causing an estimated $700 million in damage.

Officials in Costa Rica expressed concern that the storm would cause landslides and flooding in an area already saturated by days of rain. The government said seven shelters in the north of the country housed nearly 700 people displaced by the floods.

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