Tropical tracker: Storm's projected path inching closer to NYC

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AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring three tropical weather situations in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, one of which is predicted to come close to the New York City region over the Labor Day weekend.

The three systems are: Hurricane Gaston, Tropical Depression 8 (TD8) and Tropical Depression 9 (TD9).

This interactive map allows you to see the real-time status of each system:

Here are details and impact of each system (also click on the video above to watch Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's tropical forecast):

TD9 is the storm the AccuWeather team has a close eye on, as its projected track is along the Northeast coast. The updated predicted path is has moved farther west, showing all of Long Island and Connecticut in the storm's possible path.

Lee Goldberg said the New York City area is in the fringe part of the storm's path. It's predicted to be up near New England Saturday and Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning for parts of Florida stretching from northwest of Tampa to an area east of Panama City, as well as a tropical storm watch on the east coast of Florida and Georgia.

As the tropical depression looms in the Gulf of Mexico, heavy rainfall is expected across much of Florida. Eric Blake of the National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm will likely dump around 5 inches of rain on areas of central and north Florida as it approaches the state Thursday. Some areas could see up to 15 inches of rain.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Andrew Hagan says the tropical depression that's expected to become a tropical storm later Wednesday is keeping the atmosphere more moist than usual.

Here is the projected path of this storm:


An emergency management official says North Carolina's Outer Banks were spared from a tropical weather system that had been moving toward the state for two days.

Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson writes in an email that the tropical depression resulted in "no impacts" on areas such as Cape Hatteras.
A hotel manager on Ocracoke Island says residents and tourists experienced less than an inch of rain. Byron Miller, manager of The Ocracoke Harbor Inn, said in a telephone interview that "it's just a normal day."

A tropical storm warning for the North Carolina coast was dropped Tuesday night. Forecasters earlier had worried the area could get up to 5 inches of rain as the storm passed near the coast.

Only a few clouds were reported and winds were only about 5 mph on the Outer Banks Wednesday morning.

Here is the projected path of this storm:


This hurricane is far from the U.S. coast and is tracking east-northeast. It's moving a little faster Wednesday than it was Tuesday, and maximum winds are near 115 mph. Some weakening is expected during the next 24-48 hours.

A hurricane or tropical storm watch will likely be issued for the central or western Azores Wednesday afternoon.

Here's the projected path of this storm:

Stay with the Eyewitness News AccuWeather team for the latest on these tropical weather situations.
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