Monday, July 31, 2017

Tropical Storm "Emily" forms near Florida, landfall expected today

The Watchers | Jul 31, 2017

Tropical Storm "Emily" formed west of Tampa Bay, Florida just before 12:00 UTC on July 31, 2017. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the west coast of Florida from Anclote River southward to Bonita Beach.

As of 12:00 UTC (08:00 EDT) on July 31, 2017, the center of Tropical Storm "Emily" was located 75 km (45 miles) WSW of Tampa and 80 km (50 miles) WNW of Sarasota, Florida. Emily's maximum sustained winds are 75 km/h (45 mph). The system is moving east at a speed of 13 km/h (8 mph) with minimum central pressure of 1006 hPa.

This general motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the northeast. An increase in forward speed is expected tonight or Tuesday, August 1.

On the forecast track, the center of Emily is expected to move inland over the west-central Florida peninsula later today (EDT) and move across central Florida through tonight. The system is expected to move offshore of the east-central Florida coast early Tuesday.



Little change in strength is forecast until landfall occurs this afternoon. Emily is expected to weaken to a tropical depression while it moves across the Florida peninsula tonight.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 95 km (60 miles) from the center.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the west coast of Florida from Anclote River southward to Bonita Beach.

Tropical Storm Emily at 12:30 UTC on July 31, 2017. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16 (Preliminary and non-operational)
Emily is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 50.8 to 101.6 mm (2 to 4 inches) through Monday night along the west coast of central Florida between the Tampa Bay area and Naples, with isolated amounts up to 203.2 mm (8 inches) possible.

Elsewhere across central and south Florida, 25.4 to 50.8 mm (1 to 2 inches) of rain is expected with localized amounts of up to 101.6 mm (4 inches) possible.

Featured image: Tropical Storm Emily at 12:30 UTC on July 31, 2017. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16 (Preliminary and non-operational)


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