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Tropical Storm Emily forms in Caribbean

02 august 2011, 18:26
Hurricane Emily battered Mexico's Caribbean beach resorts. ©Reuters
Hurricane Emily battered Mexico's Caribbean beach resorts. ©Reuters
A new tropical storm formed Monday in the Caribbean, prompting warnings for several islands in the region, AFP reports, quoting the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Tropical Storm Emily was located some 350 miles (565 kilometers) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with storm warnings in effect for several islands including Puerto Rico and the French island of Guadeloupe.

The Dominican Republic, Haiti and the US Virgin Islands were under a tropical storm watch for Emily, NHC added.

At 2330 GMT the storm was moving westward at almost 17 miles (28 kilometers) per hour. The NHC said a turn toward the west-northwest was expected as well as a slight decrease in forward speed during the next couple of days.

The storm had maximum winds of nearly 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour with even stronger gusts, and it was expected to pick up strength during the next 48 hours.

Emily was expected to move across the northeastern Caribbean Sea and approach Hispaniola late Tuesday.

Tropical storm conditions are expected by Tuesday in Puerto Rico, reported the NHC.

Additionally, Emily could drop six inches (15 centimeters) of rain in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, with a maximum of 10 inches possible.

A storm surge could raise water levels by one to two feet (30-60 centimeters) and was predicted to be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.

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