Tropical Storm Colin moving toward US; could strike Atlantic coast

Tropical Storm Colin is the third named system to form in the Atlantic so far this hurricane season. Early indications are that Tropical Storm Colin will stay away from the Gulf of Mexico and head for the US Atlantic coast.

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    Storm clouds build over large satellite dishes Aug. 2 in Miami. Tropical Storm Colin has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Early forecasts put it on a track off the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, rather than into the Gulf of Mexico, where BP is working to finally plug its blown-out oil well.
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Tropical Storm Colin is moving rapidly across the Atlantic but early forecasts put it on a track off the U.S. Atlantic seaboard rather than into the Gulf of Mexico, where BP is working to finally plug its blown-out oil well.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm has maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65 kph) Tuesday and some slow strengthening is expected.

Colin is located about 840 miles (1,355 kilometers) east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving west near 24 mph (39 kph).

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Colin is the third tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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