o states on the East Coast bracing for severe weather heading into the holiday weekend. A yet to be named tropical depression near the outer banks in North Carolina blowing winds of 35 miles per hour Tuesday. Forecasters also tracking another tropical depression forming off the coast of Cuba expected to turn towards Florida's Gulf Coast and make landfall Thursday.
Reuters correspondent Letitia Stein is in Miami.>> Officials in Florida have activated today to a preparation level the state's emergency operations command center. Communities across the state, but particularly on the Gulf Coast, are getting ready to hand out sandbags, place out barricades for localized flooding. School systems are watching the weather forecast, trying to determine if they're gonna be cancelling school or not.
A lot of these preparations will be taking place at a much faster pitch as the week goes on. Certainly Wednesday will be a big planning day with the storm expected to come to Florida on Thursday.>> The impact of the storm already being felt with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moving up their final NFL preseason game to Wednesday night.
Forecasters warned that the system could dump up to 15 inches of rain along parts of Florida by Friday, ahead of the Labor Day weekend.