Tropical Storm Colin Moves West Through Atlantic Storm 840 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands Published at 11:08 AM EDT on Aug 3, 2010 | Updated at 11:15 AM EDT on Aug 3, 2010
IN SPACE - JULY 07: In this satellite handout image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Bertha approaches east of the northern Leeward Islands at 11:45Z July 7, 2008 in the Atlantic Ocean. Bertha was named the first hurricane of the Atlantic season when it was upgraded from a tropical storm. It is unsure if the storm will hit land as it travels west-northwest at approx 17 mph. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
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.
National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm has maximum sustained winds near 40 mph Tuesday and some slow strengthening is expected.
Colin is located about 840 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving west near 24 mph.
Colin is the third tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
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