As Colin pushes off NC coast, storm loses tropical status

Rain from Tropical Storm Colin was pulling away from the North Carolina coast Tuesday morning as the system races away from the United States and out to sea.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Colin became post-tropical late Tuesday morning as it races up the East Coast, and the system should move offshore and into the Atlantic Ocean during the afternoon hours.

At 11 a.m., the storm still packed winds of about 60 mph and was moving northeast at more than 30 mph. The post-tropical distinction means Colin does not have a defined core and has become elongated, more similar to a front than a tropical system, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Much of the rain associated with the system was off the North Carolina coast late Tuesday morning.

No major flooding has been reported along the coast, although some areas saw multiple inches of rain late Monday into Tuesday.

In the Triangle, the morning started off cloudy, but the sun returned by late morning.

Tuesday will be breezy and less humid, but temperatures will still climb to 88. The forecast cools off for the rest of the work week, with highs in the low 80s and lows dropping into the 50s. Hot weather returns for the weekend, with temperatures in the 90s on Saturday and Sunday, but the heat will be short-lived.

A cooler, less muggy Tuesday afternoon will give the Triangle a break from the hot, humid weather that has plagued the area over the last few days.

The latest update for TS Colin continues the theme of a fast-moving storm, quite the opposite from last week's TS Bonnie.  The storm may kick up the breezes over the next few days, but the biggest impact will be rain along the coast and coastal plain as well as beach erosion.


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