Double whammy? NC warily watches 2 weather systems

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Developing Tropical System Has Florida, Gulf Coast on High Alert


RODANTHE, N.C. — Beachgoers, boat captains and business owners on North Carolina's Outer Banks warily eyed a potent tropical weather system that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer.

Forecasters expected the first system to become a tropical storm before brushing the North Carolina coast Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and high winds to the barrier islands popular for serene beaches.

Another tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico could hit northern Florida as a tropical storm later in the week and possibly head toward the Atlantic coast, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. They cautioned that the storm's exact path remained uncertain days in advance.

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Coastal Dare County in North Carolina could face winds of up to 45 mph with higher gusts and heavy rain that could flood low-lying areas from through Wednesday, according to an emergency management news release. To the south, Carteret County officials also warned of flooding and advised residents to monitor forecasts.

A tropical storm warning was issued for areas of the coast from Cape Lookout to the Oregon Inlet along the Outer Banks.

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As of early Tuesday, the first depression was about 115 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras with top sustained winds of 35 mph and moving to the northwest. It was expected to become a tropical storm by Tuesday but not grow stronger than that, National Weather Service meteorologist Shane Kearns said.

The second depression was about 240 miles west of Key West, Florida, with maximum winds of 35 mph. It was moving west, but forecasters expect it could curve back to the northeast in the coming days.

Authorities at some locations in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area of Florida were hauling out sandbags Monday to offer residents amid predictions of heavy rains.

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Storm clouds from Tropical Storm Colin flank the Orlando Eye ferris wheel on International Drive in Orlando, Fla., as severe weather moves into central Florida on Monday, June 6, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
VENICE, FL - JUNE 06: People check out the waves from Tropical Storm Colin on June 6, 2016 in Venice, Florida. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Colin brought with it high winds and a threat of serious flooding. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
VENICE, FL - JUNE 06: A young child walks along the beach during Tropical Storm Colin on June 6, 2016 in Venice, Florida. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Colin brought with it high winds and a threat of serious flooding. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
VENICE, FL - JUNE 06: A surfer takes advantage of the waves from Tropical Storm Colin on June 6, 2016 in Venice, Florida. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Colin brought with it high winds and a threat of serious flooding. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Brazilian reporters covering the national soccer team try to stay dry as Tropical Storm Colin bore down on the Florida panhandle during their training session at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, on June 6, 2016. Brazil will face Haiti on June 7th in their second match of the Copa America Centenario. / AFP / Gregg NEWTON (Photo credit should read GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)
VENICE, FL - JUNE 06: Casey Superville leans into the high winds from Tropical Storm Colin as he experiences the storm along the beach on June 6, 2016 in Venice, Florida. The Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency with Tropical Storm Colin as it brings high winds and a serious threat of flooding. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
VENICE, FL - JUNE 06: Dan Finton uses his umbrella as he walks along the beach as high winds and waves from Tropical Storm Colin come ashore on June 6, 2016 in Venice, Florida. The Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency with Tropical Storm Colin as it brings high winds and a serious threat of flooding. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL - JUNE 06: People walk along the beach as waves from Tropical Storm Colin crash along the shore on Fort Myers Beach on June 6, 2016 in Fort Myers, Florida. The Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency with Tropical Storm Colin that brings a serious threat of flooding. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A beachgoer gets hit with a large wave associated with winds from tropical storm Colin at Clearwater Beach Monday, June 6, 2016, in Clearwater, Fla. Colin was expected to make landfall somewhere along Florida's gulf coast. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Guests arriving at the Universal Orlando theme park complex are welcomed at CityWalk with the first rain band, at 2:04pm, from Tropical Storm Colin to sweep across Central Florida on June 6, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. Heavy bands of rain were forecast to continue into the evening as the storm pushed northward from the Gulf of Mexico. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
A satellite image shows the Tropical Storm Colin about to make landfall toward Florida's Gulf Coast in this satellite image released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on June 6, 2016. Courtesy NOAA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
A NASA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) image shows the Tropical Storm Colin over Florida and the U.S. South-East coast in this satellite image released by on June 6, 2016. Courtesy GOES Project Science/NASA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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A satellite image shows the Tropical Storm Colin about to make landfall toward Florida's Gulf Coast in this satellite image released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on June 6, 2016. Courtesy NOAA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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