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Folks along the North Carolina coast might need their umbrellas July 4 if a low-pressure area in the Atlantic becomes a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center says the low-pressure area about 140 miles east of Melbourne, Florida, has a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical system.

The rains could put a damper on July 4 activities from the Carolinas to the Northeast.

"Over the next few days, we expect the formation of Tropical Depression #1, possibly Tropical Storm Arthur, to move up the Southeast coast," Meteorologist Van Denton says.

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"It appears the main threat for the North Carolina coast would be between late Thursday and early Friday," Denton said. "Some heavy rain will be possible near the coast and gusty winds of 30-50 mph. These conditions could change either way as we approach the time and gather new information."

The tropical system should move out by the weekend, Denton said, adding that Florida can expect heavy rain at the start of the week.

A front should help lift the tropical system to the northeast, meaning the coast will likely see the main impacts from the system. As of right now, it appears the Piedmont should not be impacted by the system.

According to the National Weather Service, there's a 30 percent chance of rain July 4 in Washington and a 60 percent chance on the two preceding days. New York has a 60 percent chance of rain on Independence Day and a 30 percent to 70 percent chance the two preceding days.