Storm Emily Upgraded to Hurricane
July 13th 2005
The National Weather Service has
issued Hurricane warnings for Grenada, Saint Vincent, The Grenadines
and St. Lucia Islands. A Tropical Storm Warning is still in effect
for Barbados, and is now issued for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. .
The service says Emily has
become a hurricane in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean. As of
11PM AST, the center of the hurricane was located just southeast of
Grenada, and is headed west at 18 miles per hour. The westerly
direction is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.
It is expected that the
Hurricane will pass through the Windward Islands tonight and emerge
in the Southeastern Caribbean early Thursday.
Emily is a category ONE
hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale with winds of 90 MPH. Gusts
exceed 90 MPH. Winds speeds are expected to increase over the next
24 hours. The Winds currently extend 25 miles outward from the
center. The tropical storm winds extend some 115 miles from the
The minimum pressure is reported
at 992 MB, or 29.29 inches. Emily is expected to produce 3 to 6
inches of rain across the Windward Islands, and up to 12 inches in
the mountains. The rain could produce flash floods and mud slides.
Two to four feet of coastal
storm surge is expected.
Best Syndication Staff Writer