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Tropical Storm Emily Sets Hispaniola In Its Sights

MIAMI, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Emily was expected to cross the island of Hispaniola Wednesday before heading to the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical storm warnings were posted for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the southeastern Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos Islands, the Miami-based center said in its 5 a.m. EDT advisory.

Emily, about 180 miles southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was moving along a west-northwesterly track at nearly 14 mph. The storm’s sustained winds were 50 mph.

The center said Emily was expected to shift toward the northwest with little change in forward speed. The center was forecast to move across Hispaniola later Wednesday and into the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands Thursday.

Tropical storm conditions are expected throughout the warning area Wednesday and Thursday.

Emily is expected to produce 4-6 inches of rain in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with isolated amounts possibly reaching 10 inches, the National Hurricane Center said. The rains could cause flash floods and mudslides. Total rain accumulations of 2-4 inches were expected in the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

A storm surge will raise water levels by 1-2 feet above normal tide levels in the warning area, the center said. In near coastal areas, the surge will be accompanied by large, dangerous waves.

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