Tropical Storm Colin forms near the South Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Colin formed early Saturday morning just off the coast of South Carolina, becoming the third named storm of the 2022 Atla...

Tropical Storm Colin formed early Saturday morning just off the coast of South Carolina, becoming the third named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season and threatening to inundate outdoor activities during the long Independence Day weekend.

The storm, something of a surprise, formed hours after Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall in Nicaragua.

Hake was expected moving slowly through the Carolinas over the weekend and dissipating early Monday.

On Saturday morning, heavy rain and high winds continued along the coast. Maximum sustained winds remained near 40 miles per hour.

Forecasters warned that tropical storm conditions were expected in North Carolina from Saturday morning through Sunday. Heavy rain was expected, with some areas expected to receive up to four inches.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from north of Little River, SC, to Duck, NC, and Pamlico Sound.

The National Weather Service warned that strong winds could damage porches and unanchored mobile homes, snap large tree limbs and make some roads impassable due to debris.

The rainfall could lead to flash flooding, the National Weather Service said. Swell along the coast could cause life-threatening rip current conditions.

It had been a quiet few weeks for the Atlantic hurricane season, after Tropical Storm Alex formed on June 5 and moved through South Florida shortly thereafter.

Alex was the first named storm in what is expected to be an “above normal” hurricane season. according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. If this prediction were to come true, 2022 would be the seventh consecutive year with an above-average season.

This year, meteorologists predict the season – which runs until November 30 – will produce 14 to 21 named storms. Six to 10 of them are expected to become hurricanes, and up to six of them are expected to strengthen into major hurricanes, classified as Category 3 storms with winds of at least 111 mph.

Last year there were 21 named storms, after a record 30 in 2020. Over the past two years, meteorologists have exhausted the list of names used to identify storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, an event that has only happened once, in 2005.

The links between hurricanes and climate change are becoming clearer every year.

The data shows that hurricanes have become stronger in the world over the past four decades. A warming planet can expect stronger hurricanes over time and a higher incidence of the most powerful storms – although the total number of storms may drop as factors such as wind shear stronger could prevent the formation of weaker storms.

Hurricanes also become wetter due to more water vapor in the warmer atmosphere. Scientists have suggested storms like Hurricane Harvey in 2017 produce far more rain than they would without human effects on the climate. Also, sea level rise contributes to higher storm surge – the most destructive element of tropical cyclones.

April Rubin contributed report.

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