Tropical Storm Colin threatens Carolinas over the weekend of July 4

Tropical storm warnings were issued for areas of both South and North Carolina early Saturday, with heavy rainfall and flash flooding forecast across local areas. July 4 weekend.

Tropical Storm Colin formed near the coast of South Carolina about 50 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, National Hurricane Center said in an advisory early Saturday.

At 5 a.m. ET Saturday, Colin was located just inland above South Carolina and had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph, the advisory said.

The storm is expected to move northeast just along the coasts of the Carolinas, it added. Up to 4 inches of rain is forecast, which could lead to “localized areas of flash flooding.”

Forecasters say stormy conditions will make landfall in South Carolina on Saturday morning and will affect North Carolina on Sunday morning, before dissipating across the western Atlantic on Monday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from South Santee River, SC, to Duck, NC

The storm formed hours after Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall in Nicaragua, bringing with it the threat of flooding due to heavy rains.

Bonnie came ashore late Friday on the Central American country’s Carribean coast about 75 miles south of Bluefields, the National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters have warned of the risk of severe flooding, with up to 8 inches of rain and even more in isolated places.

Authorities in Bluefields said they had set up 50 makeshift shelters before the storm arrived, and many of its 57,000 residents had nailed planks to their windows.

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