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TS Collin updateThe National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Bladen and surrounding counties from 8 p.m. today (Monday) until 2 p.m. Tuesday due to rains associated with Tropical Storm Collin.

As of the 2 p.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Collin was located at 27.7 North 86.5 West or about 680 miles southwest of Wilmington and 615 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach. Maximum sustained winds are 50 miles per hour and the storm is moving north-northeast at 17 miles per hour.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for all coastal waters from Surf City, NC to South Santee River, SC. At this time there is no watch in effect for any land areas as the strongest winds are expected to remain off the coast. If the forecast track shifts west, then a watch/warning may have to be issued over land.

Flooding is a consideration with a stalled front to the west of the area and copious amounts of rainfall ahead of Tropical Storm Collin. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 5 inches are possible along the coast and tapering back to 1 to 3 inches to the west.

Tropical storm conditions are expected across the coastal waters beginning late tonight and continuing through Tuesday before subsiding on Tuesday. Raes are expected to increase to 8 to 10 feet Tuesday then subsiding quick;y Tuesday night.

With the majority of the rain falling at the coast, the rivers are expected to rise but remain below flood stage with this event.

Primary threats include coastal flooding, tornadoes, rip currents, and aviation.