Tropical Storm Emily

August 2, 2011 by USA Post 

Tropical Storm EmilyTropical Storm Emily, About 200 kilometers southeast of Puerto Rico and moving west – is followed closely by meteorologists are trying to determine if Emily becomes a hurricane that could have an effect on Florida and other parts of the east coast.

Forecasters believe that the most immediate threat is that Cuba, Dominican Republic, and possibly the Bahamas. The current worst case, say, Emily becomes a hurricane low that shakes the palm trees somewhere in Florida this weekend.

If Emily was coming ashore, the storm would be the second this season to hit the U.S. Late last month, the tropical storm made landfall in southern Texas Don, but quickly lost its strength and dropped rain on the state unaffected by drought.

Emily is not expected to be the last tropical systems that develop in the Atlantic basin – the National Weather Service in May forecast 12 to 18 named storms, six hurricanes and 10 three to six major hurricanes.

“We are now entering the time of year when we will see stronger and stronger systems out of Africa,” says meteorologist Alex Sosnowski of in State College, Pa.

However, Emily is not likely to be a significant threat, he says. Once you start moving toward the northwest, which will have to overcome the 10,000-foot peaks in the Dominican Republic, where it could dump up to a foot of rain. After the computer forecasts vary widely, with some models predicting Emily move to the eastern Gulf of Mexico and others predict a move east of the Bahamas before heading out into the Atlantic.

“The next 24 to 36 hours will tell us more,” says Sosnowski.

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