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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Tropical Storm Collin rakes Bermuda

Tropical storm Collin formed very briefly in the Caribbean last week and then broke apart as quickly as it formed. A few days later this same system re-organized back into a tropical storm in the North Atlantic heading to the north towards Bermuda.

Today the center of TS Collin crossed the island of Bermuda as a weak tropical storm. The storm was expected to bring flooding and some heavy surf along the southern beaches.

Tropical Storm Colin threatens Bermuda (Examiner)

Forecasters believe the center of Colin will pass near or over Bermuda Sunday.

“Colin is expected to produce coastal flooding and large and battering waves in Bermuda, particularly along south-facing beaches,” the NHC cautioned.

The storm is expected to bring one to three inches of rain to the island, as well as strong winds. The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of near 40 mph with stronger gusts. The winds extended outward up to 105 miles from the center of the storm. Tropical storm force winds were expected to begin reaching Bermuda tonight.
As Collin crossed Bermuda, it dissipated to a tropical depression prompting thunderstorm advisory and a small craft warning from the Bermuda Weather Service. The effects of the storm have been minimal with no damage reported.

Colin weakens to tropical depression west of Bermuda (Reuters Africa)
The Miami-based NHC said the depression now had maximum sustained winds near 35 miles per hour (55 kph) as it passed about 45 miles (75 km) west of the Atlantic island of Bermuda, a British overseas territory that is a center for the global insurance industry.

Bermuda residents reported some rain, but no really severe weather.

"Colin could dissipate as a tropical cyclone later today," the NHC said, adding the system would move away from Bermuda later on Sunday.

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