Monday July 31
This is a bit of a surprise this morning. Tropical Storm Emily was official named this morning in the Gulf of Mexico. In fact it was identified as a an area of interest overnight and then named a tropical storm at 8 AM this morning. Top winds already at 45 mph. It was located 45 miles to the west southwest of Tampa and expected to make landfall in just a few hours early this afternoon. The rapid intensification could mean a better chance for tornados at landfall, but a good thing it hits land before growing much stronger.
All of the energy is located near and south of the center, putting heavy rainfall across central and southern Florida. Overall between 2 and 4 inches of rain is expected, which is not much more than a summer thunderstorm can produce in the tropical environment. See the morning report and forecast track below.
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National Hurricane Center Morning Report
…DEPRESSION BECOMES A TROPICAL STORM WEST OF TAMPA BAY…
…TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR WEST-CENTRAL FLORIDA…
SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 45 MI…75 KM WSW OF TAMPA FLORIDA
ABOUT 50 MI…80 KM WNW OF SARASOTA FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…E OR 95 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB…29.71 INCHES
This storm will cross Florida and then head out into the Atlantic. The momentum and upper level winds should carry it off of the coast, but could make for strong waves and rip currents across the North Carolina Outer Banks.
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