Emily’s Movement Prompts Watches, Warnings

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MIAMI, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Warnings and watches were posted for many Caribbean islands as the center of Tropical Storm Emily nears Hispaniola’s southern coast, forecasters said Thursday.

Emily, with sustained winds of 50 mph, was about 25 miles south-southwest of Isla Beata, Dominican Republic, and about 100 miles south-southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 a.m. EDT advisory.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for portions of the northern and southern coasts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, southeastern and central Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, and portions of eastern Cuba, the center said.

Tropical storm watches were in effect for the northwestern Bahamas.

Emily is moving in a west-northwesterly path at 7 mph and is expected to move across the southwestern peninsula of Haiti later Thursday and over extreme eastern Cuba Thursday night or Friday morning, the center said.

The center said some weakening was possible during the next 24-36 hours as Emily goes over high terrain of Haiti and Cuba, but could regain some strength when it moves over the Bahamas.

Emily is expected to produce 6-12 inches of rain with possible isolated amounts of 20 inches over the Dominican Republic and Haiti, forecasters said. The rains could cause flash floods and mudslides.

Rain accumulations of 2-4 inches are forecast for the southeastern and central Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Puerto Rico could see 1-2 inches of rain.

A storm surge will raise water levels by 1-3 feet above normal tide levels in the tropical storm warning area. Near the coasts, the surge will be accompanied by large, dangerous waves.

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