Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How much for Haiti?


‎5:15 PM EDT 8/3/2011 | LATEST UPDATE FROM OUR TROPICAL TEAM:

As of the 5:00 PM EDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Emily continues to move Westward at 14mph. She is about 60 miles Southeast of Isla Beata in the Dominican Republic. Her maximum sustained winds are 50mph, with higher gusts, and a minimum central pressure of 1003mb. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Southeastern And Central Bahamas, Turks, Caicos Island, Guantanamo, And Holguin Provinces in Eastern Cuba. Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Northwestern Bahamas. Those who live in East Central Cuba and South Florida, should monitor Emily. Current NOAA satellite loop


WHERE IS SHE GOING? A gradual West-Northwest and Northwest turn is expected for Emily in the next day or so. The center of Emily will pass through the Southwestern Peninsula of Haiti early Thursday and over extreme Eastern Cuba Thursday evening. Tropical Storm conditions are possible for The Northwestern Bahamas on Friday. Continue following the latest reports from the Hurricane Center or by joining our rapid update page in facebook: The Tropical Zone. 


8:00 AM EDT 8/3/2011 | SPECIAL UPDATE FROM THE TROPICAL TEAM: 

Tropical Storm Emily continues westward at 14 MPH, featuring 50 MPH winds and rains. A Tropical Storm Watch has now just been posted for the Bahamas. Emily could strengthen some today as it approaches Hispanola,with the center crossing the Dominican Republic and Haiti later today. 4-6" rains are expected and could possibly be as high as 10", which could cause flash floods and mudslides. Concern continues over Haiti and the earthquake recovery still going on. The future track for Emily still contains an element of uncertainty, so please stay tuned to our coverage here for the latest. (Advisor Forrest)

National Hurricane Center: Current Maps/Advisories 

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...and in Puerto Rico, how about "not"


5:15 PM EDT 8/2/2011 | As a giant donut of heat warnings and advisories once again fills te plate of the central U.S., the risk of severe weather is rising in the Upper Great Lakes tomorrow and in the Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday. Meanwhile in the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Emily's projected path has shifted toward the East, but fears of a strong hurricane landfall in South Florida are lessening. Simply put, we warned you to enjoy the peace and quiet while you could, because changes are "a-foot."  

For the National Night Out community-based event, only the Michigan-to-Upper Midwest has a notable high risk of weather impacts this evening, centered on the Chicago region. The primary severe storm threats in this region are strong winds and large hail. Our Affiliate in this region, Michigan Weather Watcher, has a report for those in Michigan which would be affected by the severe weather risks. The rest of those celebrating safety on our streets will have to contend with a hot humid night, except for the lucky Pacific Northwest and the cool confines of Downeast Maine. 

For our readers in Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas, this may not be the night to go out for any reason. Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for the entire island of Puerto Rico, as posted by the San Juan National Weather Service. Our Tropical Team is on constant watch for changes in Emily's path and strength, posting regular updates in our Tropical Zone on facebook.  The latest update was posted just minutes ago. This photo taken at 2:40 PM EDT today, was submitted by Team Reporter Jose Z. of San Juan. It may not look very forboding, but the picture deceives. Winds at the time were gusting to 40 mph and the bulk of Emily's main convection and wind field was still hours away. A video from Reporter Jose is available in the Tropical Zone.


I'm heading to the Bahamas or Miami Beach?  How will this storm affect those areas? Our Tropical Team will continue posting on expected conditions for areas ahead of the storm. Once it nears a land-based facebook forecast zone, such as for readers in South Florida, Central Florida, Georgia or North Carolina, visit the zone specific to that area for local impacts, guided by input from the team.
(Forecaster Foot- Baltimore, MD)    



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