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CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook through July 4th and on Coney Island, Tropical Storm Arthur is threatening to put a damper on the Independence Day celebrations.

Right now, Arthur is gaining strength off the east coast of Florida.

He’s expected to travel up the north east and while we won’t be directly hit, weather experts say the center of the storm will likely end up 200 miles southeast of us, bringing large waves to areas like Coney island and potentially dangerous rip currents.

Thats bad news for little K'Von Hightower. "That's sad because it's summer, not supposed to be a storm. That's really sad, everybody is supposed to be swimming all day everyday."

Flooding is also a concern. Up to two inches of rain is predicted.

All of this could put a dent in Coney Island's annual July 4th traditions like the famed hot dog eating contest.

Right now meteorologists are tracking the storm very closely and there is a chance it could clear out before the big firework show starts.

on coney island, ef, pix 11 news

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