Tropical Storm Emily is strengthening as it moves toward the west-northwest after its forward speed slowed down to nearly a halt.
The storm will continue moving across the northeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday, approaching Hispaniola overnight into Wednesday.
New, long-range forecasts from the National Hurricane Center now place Emily off the east coast of Florida by Saturday, but it will still bring strong winds and rough surf to coastal Central Florida.
These projections are constantly updated, and should be checked on a regular basis.
TROPICAL STORM EMILY ADVISORY
Tropical Storm Emily is a little stronger, but is still not well organized.
Watches and Warnings
TROPICAL STORM WARNING in effect for:
- Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra
- Haiti and the Dominican Republic
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within the next 36 hours.
TROPICAL STORM WATCH in effect for:
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- Southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands
A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
At 5 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Emily was estimated to be near latitude 15.8 north, longitude 65.4 west.
Emily is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph, and this general motion with a gradual turn to the northwest is expected during the next 24 to 48 hours. The forecast track brings the center of Emily across Hispaniola late Wednesday and into the southeastern Bahamas on Thursday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts. These strong winds are located mainly to the north and east of the center. some slight strengthening is possible before the center moves over the high terrain of Hispaniola. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles, mainly to the north and east of the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb or 29.68 inches.
Hazards affecting land
Wind: Tropical storm conditions are expected in Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques tonight, and should begin to spread in the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Wednesday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the U.S. Virgin Islands tonight.
Rainfall: Emily is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 6 inches in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches possible. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides in areas of mountainous terrain.
Storm surge: A storm surge will raise water levels by 1 to 2 feet above normal tide levels in the Tropical Storm Warning area. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
Next intermediate advisory: 8 p.m. Next complete advisory: 11 p.m.