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(NEW YORK) — Tropical depressions continue to churn in the Atlantic Ocean, bringing with them fears of hurricanes along the coast.

So far, the depressions do not pose an urgent threat to any land mass, but Hurricane Gaston, a storm likely to finish its course in the Atlantic, has created rip currents apparently strong enough to drown a 26-year-old swimmer Monday evening in Long Beach, New York.

A tropical depression that formed Sunday off the coast of North Carolina appears sluggish and disorganized Tuesday morning, and is likely struggling to survive.

A chance exists that it could become a weak tropical storm later Tuesday, hitting the outer banks of North Carolina. Because of the threat, the National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning for the outer banks of the state.

Another tropical depression is further away, located north of Cuba and in the southern Gulf of Mexico, but is considered to be a more organized storm that could strike landfall north of Tampa Thursday morning.

As for the Long Island drowning, it was the first such incident this summer, according to ABC New York station WABC-TV.

Another swimmer that lifeguards pulled out of the Atlantic survived, the station reported.

“Yeah, somebody came running up to tell us that there’s two guys in the surf need help, and I only saw one,” Ed Fayans, a surfer who witnessed the ordeal, told WABC-TV. “And then when I started running down, I saw a limp body in the surf, and I took that one and my son went out and got the guy who was way out that was losing it.”

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