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Tropical storm warning canceled for North Carolina; wind and rain still ahead

By Andrew V. Pestano
Tropical storm warning canceled for North Carolina; wind and rain still ahead
Three storm systems seen in this image are Tropical Depression 9, seen southwest of Florida in the bottom left; Tropical Depression 8, seen off the coast of the Carolinas; and Hurricane Gaston, seen in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean as a circular hurricane. Photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A tropical storm warning has ended for much of North Carolina as Tropical Depression 8 moves along the East Coast.

Tropical Depression 8 will still make for a soggy and windy few days on North Carolina's Outer Banks with winds possibly gusting up to 35 miles per hour through Wednesday and up to three inches of rain.

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The National Hurricane Center forecasts the system will turn and move toward the Northeast and along the East Coast and back out into the Atlantic Ocean by Friday evening. It also is not expected to strengthen.

One to 3 inches of rain are expected to fall in eastern North Carolina. The storm system could generate high surf and dangerous rip currents near the coast. Top winds in the storm system were near 35 mph as of Monday night.

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Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 9 is becoming better organized after the storm system moved through Cuba -- being strengthened by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The storm system is expected to hit Florida's west coast on Thursday. The storm is expected to bring heavy rains and possible flooding.

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The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Tropical Depression 9 will strengthen to near-hurricane power by the time it reaches the Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the Florida Gulf Coast from the Anclote River Indian Pass south to Bayonet Point. A tropical storm watch has been issued for the Florida Gulf Coast west of Indian Pass to the Walton/Bay County line.

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The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday said Hurricane Gaston, in the Atlantic Ocean about 630 miles east of Bermuda, has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. No warnings related to Gaston have been issued.

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