Tropical Storm Emily Brings High Winds, Rain to the Region
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August 2 -- According to information from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the government of Antigua and Barbuda has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for Antigua, Montserrat, and St. Kitts-Nevis.

Tropic Storm Emily is now located approximately 265 miles southest of of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is bringing maximum sustained winds of up to 40 m.p.h. to the region, which extend outwards of 70 miles from the center.

The winds may have been the cause for downed electricity lines during the evening of Monday, August 1, which caused two island-wide outages on St. Kitts, at about 7:00 p.m. and 9:17 p.m.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, Desirade, Les Saintes and Marie Galante, Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, and the Dominican Republic. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Haiti.

A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane found that Emily was poorly organized and is now moving toward the west at 14 m.p.h. A turn toward the west-northwest with a gradual decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours. Some slow strengthening is possible over the next day or so, before Emily interacts with land.

The storm is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches in the northern Windward Islands and Leeward Islands. Total rain accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches possible. The rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides in areas of mountainous terrain.

A storm surge will raise water levels by 1 to 2 feet above normal tide levels in the Tropical Storm Warning area near the coast The surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.