June 6, 2016
Tropical Storm Colin forecast to bring more rain to soggy islands
By IRENE NOLAN
Depression Bonnie finally headed east of Cape Hatteras and into the
Atlantic on Friday -- becoming a tropical storm again before giving up
the ghost -- and now Tropical Storm Colin is headed our way.
Bonnie's record rainfall is barely a memory, and the National Weather
Service in Newport/Morehead has already issued a flash flood watch for
the Outer Banks from 8 p.m. this evening until 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
And a tropical storm warning has been issued for coastal waters south
of Oregon Inlet, but there are no watches and warning right now for any
At 11 a.m. this morning, the National Hurricane Center said that
Tropical Storm Colin, which formed last evening in the Gulf of Mexico,
was 225 miles west-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., with winds of 50
mph and was moving north-northeast at 16 mph.
The Hurricane Center says that a turn toward the northeast with an
increase in forward speed is expected today, and a rapid northeastward
motion is expected tonight and Tuesday. On this track, the center of
Colin is forecast to approach the coast of the Florida Big Bend area
this afternoon or evening, move across portions of Florida and
southeastern Georgia early Tuesday morning, and move near the
southeastern coast of the United States later on Tuesday.
Little change in strength is expected before Colin reaches the coast of
Florida, the Hurricane Center said, but some strengthening is possible
on Tuesday when the storm is off the southeast coast.
"At this time, wind impacts from Colin are expected to remain off the
coast, but are possible within our coastal waters," Richard Bandy,
meteorologist in charge at the local Weather Service office, said this
morning in an email.
"Colin is not well organized, and, therefore, larger than normal track
uncertainties remain," Bandy added. "Should the track shift well
north, we may have to go to a tropical storm warning and possibly
include coastal land zones."
The Weather Service says that under the current forecast Colin will
race to the south and east of the North Carolina coast with rain
beginning this evening and ending Tuesday afternoon. Widespread 3
to 5 inches are forecast along the coast with isolated amounts up to 8
Flooding of Highway 12 and other area roadways is possible from the rainfall.
The rainfall has also caused flooding on off-road vehicle ramps in the
Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The most seriously flooded ramps
are 43 and 44 in Buxton and 49 in Frisco. No ramps are closed,
but the Park Service is recommending that small and mid-size vehicles
use caution on some ramps.
The Park Service's Cape Point Campground is also temporarily closed.
The Weather Service also says seas will build over the coastal waters
to 6 to 10 feet, and there will be an increased risk for rip currents
on Outer Banks beaches.
Somewhat cooler but much less muggy weather should arrive on Hatteras and Ocracoke on Wednesday and last through the week.
For more information on the weekend forecast for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, go to the local Weather Service website at www.weather.gov/mhx/. Or check out the local office on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/?fref=ts.