Tropical Storm Colin forms in Gulf of Mexico, could affect SC coast

Tropical Storm Colin has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is predicted to land in Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

It could have an affect on the Southeast Monday and Tuesday, including South Carolina. That could include heavy rains and strong currents along some coastal areas.

Forecasters upgraded the storm from a tropical depression to a tropical storm just before 6 p.m. Sunday. That means Colin has sustained winds of at least 39 mph.

As of Sunday evening, Colin was expected to track north and east to offshore in the western Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to pass Charleston Tuesday.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a tropical storm warning for Charleston.

Sunday’s forecast called for intense periods of rainfall in Florida as a result of Colin – 4 to 6 inches possible with isolated amounts up to 8 inches – over the next few days.

Monday in the Midlands, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Hurricane Center said this is the earliest that a third named storm has ever formed in the Atlantic basin. It’s the latest in a series of severe whether events across the country, from record-breaking heat in the West, flooding in Texas and storms that are expected to cause problems in the nation’s capital and mid-Atlantic region.

Contributing: Staff writer Noah Feit, wire reports