Tropical Storm Colin is kaput

Tropical Storm Colin has been declared a post tropical cyclone but is still sending gusty winds and rains to the Outer Banks.

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National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm has become so elongated and ill defined that it can no longer be considered a tropical cyclone.

Still, strong winds of up to 60 mph are still being measured on the storm’s western edge, which is carrying most of the deep thunderstorms.

Rains are also trailing over Central Florida from Colin’s leftovers, but the system is speeding out to sea at 36 mph.

National Weather Service forecasters in Miami are expecting showers and thunderstorms to develop this afternoon because of a blanket of deep tropical moisture draped over South Florida.

The storms shouldn’t be severe, but could bring heavy rain and wind gusts up to 50 mph.

Rain chances are 60 percent today and tonight. They increase to 70 percent on Wednesday.

Tropical storm warnings have been discontinued along the North Carolina coast south of Cape Lookout, but is still in effect from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet.

A storm is considered tropical if it has the following three characteristics: a warm core, a closed circulation and organized thunderstorm activity.

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Previous story: After dumping more than six inches of rain in pockets throughout Florida on Monday, Tropical Storm Colin finally made landfall after midnight near Dekle Beach in Taylor County, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Hurricane Center is being less specific, saying the center moved into the Big Bend region of Florida around midnight. Because all of the wind and rain was well to the east of the center, there were likely few impacts at landfall.

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The sprawling lopsided storm has since moved off the coast of Georgia and into the Atlantic.

As of 5 a.m., the cyclone still had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, and was about 90 miles south southwest of Charleston, S.C. moving northeast at a speedy 31 mph.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Altamaha Sound, Georgia to Oregon Inlet, N.C.

Read: Tropical Storm Colin harasses Florida with rain and wind. 

While Colin could strengthen some in the next 24 hours, it is expected to lose its tropical cyclone characteristics by tonight.

Tropical storm force winds extend out up to 230 miles, mostly to the southeast where the strongest thunderstorms have been located. Central pressure is estimated at 1002 mb.

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While wind gusts as high as 63 mph were recorded in Jacksonville, meteorologists in that National Weather Service office have not confirmed a tornado. Forecasters will be out today investigating the damage.

More rain across Central Florida is expected from Colin today, but Miami National Weather Service forecasters said the Colin’s trailing storms stretch back into Cuba and the northwest Caribbean.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

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Gusty winds of up to 40 mph are expected in South Florida today.

Afternoon rain is also forecast to be more widespread than Monday.

But forecasters said this morning that the heavy downpours they expected to see from Colin’s tail all week are no longer so certain.

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“However, all solutions still point to an overall unsettled pattern with scattered to numerous showers and storms each day,” they wrote in this morning’s forecast discussion.

Five-day rain totals could reach four inches in North Palm Beach County with the potential of street flooding in areas with poor drainage and where showers concentrate for long periods.

Pockets of Florida got more than six inches of rain from Colin, while areas of Palm Beach County remained mostly dry.

 

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