Two tropical weather systems Tuesday looked like one would and the other could affect the Outer Banks today and tonight and on the Labor Day weekend.
While forecasters were watching the more-potent Tropical Depression 9 in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Depression 8 prompted a small-craft advisory and a tropical storm warning by the National Weather Service from Oregon Inlet to Cape Lookout and in Pamlico Sound.
The warning was for 24 hours. The advisory was in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday, and forecasters in Morehead City said they would remain for waters off Duck later than that.
The depression was forecast to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain in the eastern part of the state, with isolated areas that might get 5 inches. Sustained winds were just under 35 mph when the storm was about 85 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday morning.
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Tropical Depression 9 was aiming for the northeast Gulf of Mexico and threatened heavy rain over Florida late in the week, but it was unclear yet how or if it would affect North Carolina.
The Florida panhandle was expected to see 5 to 10 inches of rain and maybe 15 inches in places, forecasters said.
The long-term projection for the storm’s path showed it skirting the Carolina coast on Saturday, but forecasts that far out can change easily.
The hurricane center said the depression likely would strengthen into a tropical storm, meaning winds would get above 35 mph.