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Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to the Carolinas, weakening as Bonnie marches through Central America

Tropical Storm Colin formed along the South Carolina coast Saturday morning, bringing rain and wind with it, although the storm later weakened and conditions are expected to improve by Monday’s July 4th celebrations.

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

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

As of 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, the center of the storm was about 15 miles north of Wilmington, North Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. It was moving northeast at 7 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to weaken further and fully dissipate by Sunday night or Monday morning.

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

Some Fourth of July celebrations scheduled for Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, were canceled after significant water accumulated on the field at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park and more rain was expected.

“Obviously we’re disappointed,” said Scott Watson, the city’s cultural director. “This promised to be a great family event and we hate to have to cancel.”

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

“The safety of festival goers, vendors, volunteers, emergency workers and everyone is our top priority,” Trisha Howarth, spokeswoman for the festival, said in a statement.

Separately, the center of Tropical Storm Bonnie rolled into the Pacific on Saturday after a rapid march through Central America, where it caused flooding, downed trees and forced thousands of people in Nicaragua and Costa Rica to evacuate. 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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As of Saturday night, Bonnie was centered about 165 miles south of San Salvador, El Salvador with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. It was moving west at 17 miles per hour.

It is one of the rare storms to make a crossing of the Atlantic to the Pacific without losing tropical storm strength, hence earning its name. Forecasters said Bonnie is likely to become a hurricane off Mexico’s southern coast by Monday, but it’s unlikely to take a direct hit on land.

Many Nicaraguans still remember Hurricane Joan, a powerful 1988 storm that devastated the coast and claimed nearly 150 lives across the country.

“We’re waiting for the storm and hoping it doesn’t destroy our region,” said Ricardo Gómez of Bluefields, who was 8 years old when Joan struck before Bonnie arrived.

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

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

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