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North Carolina Coast Braces for Two Developing Tropical Storms

Meteorologists warn that a tropical depression could hit the coast Saturday creating dangerous conditions



    Ben Finley, AP
    A lone car waits to be loaded on a ferry to Ocracoke Island in Hatteras, North Carolina, Aug. 30, 2016. A tropical weather system off the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks is expected to strengthen in the next day, bringing winds up to 45 mph and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas.

    Two tropical depressions are moving toward the North Carolina coast, with one expected to hit late Tuesday and the other predicted to arrive there by Saturday, the National Weather Service warned Tuesday.

    Tropical Depression 8 was located just southeast of Cape Hatteras as of Tuesday afternoon, and it's expected to hit the North Carolina coast with 45-mph winds and heavy rains sometime late Tuesday, NBC News reported.

    But it's Tropical Depression 9, say NWS meteorologists, that may really hit the area hard on Saturday — during Labor Day weekend beach traffic. The TD 9 weather system is currently situated and gaining power in the Gulf of Mexico, and it's on track to grow into a tropical storm that could move across the middle of Florida and hit the Outer Banks area of North Carolina sometime Saturday. Meteorologists warn the storm could bring strong undertows, large swells and heavy rain, making it "very dangerous for beachgoers" this weekend.