Alert for possible Tropical Storm Colin

FLORIDA –  The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) says there’s a high chance that by tonight, what would be a rare “C” named Atlantic June storm will develop in the Caribbean, drenching parts of Cuba, the Cayman Islands and Belize.

A disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms located near the eastern Yucatan Peninsula is currently showing signs of development in the central Caribbean Sea and is likely to become a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Colin by tonight or Monday.

The system’s most likely path will take it onshore along the west coast of Florida, across the Florida Peninsula and into the Atlantic during the first part of this week, and it will first cause torrential downpours, locally gusty thunderstorms and rough surf to develop in Belize, the Cayman Islands,

western Cuba and parts of southeastern Mexico, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The system will track north of Bermuda at midweek, but could still bring rough seas, gusty winds and drenching thunderstorms to the island.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance later today.

If the system develops into Tropical Storm Colin as anticipated, it would continue the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season’s unusual occurrences, which began with the first named storm of the season, Alex, forming in January – well before the start of the June 1 to November 30 season.

Experts say that getting to “C” in the Atlantic storm names list in the first month of the season is exceedingly rare.

Colin would be the earliest by much more than a week, as the previous on record was Chris on June 18, 2012.

Meantime, the NHC has issued the last advisory on post-tropical cyclone Bonnie – which was briefly, last weekend, the second named storm of the season. It is located a couple hundred miles north-northeast of Bermuda.

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