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Hurricane may soak East Coast July 4th

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(CNN) - Tropical Storm Arthur could ruin 4th of July celebrations for people along the East Coast.

The first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season is churning off the Atlantic Coast of central Florida. As of Tuesday night, the storm was stalled about 90 miles east-southeast of Cape Canaveral. East central Florida is already under a tropical storm watch. If Tropical Storm Arthur picks up enough steam, forecasters predict it could form into a Category 1 Hurricane just off North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday morning. That's bad news for 4th of July travelers. The busiest getaway day this year is Thursday. That puts many drivers on the roads during the soggiest stretch of the storm.

"They are potentially staring down the barrel of a loaded-- a loaded gun. but it has the potential for cancellations and delays, possibly if they're traveling by air, and for rainy and slick road conditions if there's inclement weather and rain, if they're traveling by car," says AAA's Yolanda Cade.

The system will likely clear out by the weekend. But forecasters say the danger won't quite be over then. This storm will leave behind powerful rip currents at beaches along the East Coast that could last through the holiday weekend.

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