Tropical Storm Colin picks up steam in Atlantic

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tropical Storm Colin has formed far out in the Atlantic and early forecasts put the storm on a track for the U.S. Atlantic seaboard rather than the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph early Tuesday and some additional strengthening is expected. It is too early to tell if the storm will impact the Charleston area.

Colin is located about 945 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest near 24 mph.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will pass to the right of Puerto Rico Thursday morning and continue heading northwest. the current projection, although early, puts the storm in between Bermuda, the Bahamas and the North and South Carolina coast sometime Sunday. Forecasters say it is too early to tell if the storm will impact the Atlantic Coast.

The National Hurricane Center lists a 51 percent chance the storm will remain a tropical storm and just a 24 percent chance that it would pick up wind speed and become a hurricane.

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